Some people who immigrate into the United States want to become citizens. The U.S. offers a path to naturalization that makes this possible. Applicants must meet specific requirements, including being at least 18 years old at the time of application, if they want to do this.
In order to become a naturalized citizen, you have to be a lawful permanent resident for at least five years. During that five-year period, you must have been physically present in the U.S. at least 30 months during that five-year period. Your residence must have been in the U.S. during that entire five-year period, even if you traveled abroad during that time. At least three months of residence in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS district or state where you file your application is necessary.
What else do you have to do?
You must have good moral character to become a naturalized citizen. You must be able to read, speak, and write in English. The United States Constitution contains principles that all citizens must uphold, so you must show that you can do this. You also need a basic understanding of civics and U.S. history.
Once you’ve gone through all the tests and interviews necessary to become a naturalized citizen, you’ll take part in a ceremony where you’ll take an Oath of Allegiance to the U.S. This momentous occasion marks the start of your citizenship.
Making sure you have everything in order for the naturalization process is crucial. Working with someone who can help you to learn about the process and your responsibilities can make proceedings a little less stressful.