People come to the United States for many reasons. Some come for school, others come on vacation and fall in love with it. Some even come because they literally fell in love with someone else and they want to move here to get married. These are just a few of the many, many reasons. But why do people want to go further than a student visa or a work visa? Why do they want to become citizens?

Many do it because they already live in the United States and they want the full rights that citizens have. Certain career paths may be out of reach. Maybe they want to be able to vote, knowing how much the government is going to impact their lives and feeling like they should have a say in it. 

Others have this inherent drive to make it all feel more official. They know that they are not planning to leave the United States again. They already consider it home. They just want to take the official steps to make sure that nothing jeopardizes that. 

In cases of marriage and families, they may have children who were born in the U.S. and are already citizens. They want to become citizens as well so that the family can put down roots. 

For many, they’re also searching for something better than they had in their home countries. They may be fleeing an economic downturn, a specific type of sickness, a lack of political freedom or even direct persecution. 

While every case is unique, all immigrants share one thing: They need to know exactly what steps to take to make this dream come true. An attorney with experience handling immigration claims can help you better understand all of your legal options.