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Naturalization

How Can I Become a U.S. Citizen?

Naturalization is the process to become a U.S. citizen if you were born outside the United States. You may become a U.S. citizen at birth of after birth if you meet certain requirements.

Before you apply for naturalization, you must meet a few requirements. Depending on your situation, there are different requirements that may apply to you. However, generally, an application for naturalization must:

  • Be 18 years old or older at the time of filing

  • Be a lawful permanent resident (have a “Green Card”)

  • Demonstrate continuous permanent residence in the United States for at least 5 years. In some cases, this may be 3 years if you are married to a U.S. citizen.

  • Show that you have been physically present in the U.S. for 30 months. In some cases, this may be 18 months if you are married to a U.S. citizen.

  • Show that you have lived for at least 3 months in the state or USCIS district where you claim residence.

Keep in mind that if you have a parent that was a U.S. citizen, either by birth or naturalization, before you turned 18 years old, you may have a claim to citizenship.

What to Expect?

During your interview, a USCIS officer will test your ability to read, write, and speak English and your knowledge of civics. Many times, the reason applicants fail the naturalization test is that they cannot answer the interview questions in English. You should be prepared for the English portion of your naturalization test when you submit your application. At your naturalization interview, you will also be tested on your knowledge of U.S. history and government (civics).

You must be willing to support and defend the United States and its Constitution. You declare your “attachment” or loyalty to the United States and the Constitution when you take the Oath of Allegiance at your naturalization ceremony.

Some may be exempt from both the English and the civics exam for getting citizenship through naturalization.

If you meet the requirements give us a call. Some naturalizations may be more complicated than others depending on your history. Call us today to schedule your free consultation.