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South Dakota Immigration



Every year, hundreds of thousands of people come to the United States to live and work. In 2006, more than 17 thousand people born in other countries had made South Dakota their home.

Establishing Residency in South Dakota

Immigration laws are generally set by the federal government. And each state often makes its own laws designed to enforce the federal regulations. There are a few ways of establishing residency. The process may differ, depending on one's personal situation.

An immigration attorney can help sort through laws. He or she can also assist with the paperwork.

Steps to Naturalization

A person must have permanent residency in the United States before applying for citizenship. This means first getting a green card. A green card will establish lawful permanent residence. The process of becoming a citizen is called naturalization. A person must have a green card for five years before applying for naturalization. This includes having a physical presence in the United States for at least 30 months of this five-year period.

The federal government notes there are 10 steps required in naturalization:

  • Determine if already a citizen.
  • Verify citizenship eligibility.
  • Fill out application for naturalization.
  • Submit naturalization paperwork.
  • Make appointment for background check.
  • Interview with immigration officials.
  • Wait for decision for approval or denial. (Denials can be appealed.)
  • Schedule date to take Oath of Allegiance.
  • Take Oath of Allegiance.
  • Understand U.S. citizenship.

In addition to paperwork, fees and photos are required. Persons applying for naturalization also must pass English and Civics testing.

South Dakota: Did You Know?

Did you know South Dakota is looking for dairy farmers? Opportunities for permanent residency are available through its local Regional Center. Prospects for dairy farmers can be found in 12 of South Dakota's eastern counties. According to state officials, South Dakota is the only state with this type of special program.

Locate a Local South Dakota Immigration Lawyer Today

Immigration law can be complicated. The system can also be confusing. A skilled attorney can examine laws and ensure the right paperwork is in order. Call now to speak with an immigration attorney in South Dakota at 877-913-7222.