The first step towards becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen is obtaining legal residency status in the United States. Before you begin the process of applying for temporary or permanent residency, visit the USCIS website to familiarize yourself with immigration terminology, restrictions, and the process of obtaining a visa or green card. This video explains the steps of becoming a legal U.S. resident in greater detail.
Although you don’t need legal representation to become a legal U.S. resident, having an experienced immigration attorney on your side can greatly increase the odds that your application for residency is approved. An immigration attorney may also save you time and money by helping you avoid common mistakes made by immigrants petitioning for residency on their own. A United States immigration attorney is also highly recommended in complex cases involving families.