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Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). 

 

Naturalization Eligibility Requirements

 

Before an individual applies for naturalization, he or she must meet a few requirements. Depending on the individual’s situation, there are different requirements that may apply. Please contact our attorneys to assess your individual case.

 

General requirements for naturalization are below.

 

  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of filing Application for Naturalization

  • Be a permanent resident (have a “Green Card”) for at least 5 years

  • Show that you have lived for at least 3 months in the state where you apply

  • Demonstrate continuous residence in the United States for at least 5 years immediately preceding the date of filing Application

  • Show that you have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the 5 years immediately preceding the date of filing Application

  • Be able to read, write, and speak basic English

  • Have a basic understanding of U.S. history and government (civics)

  • Be a person of good moral character

  • Demonstrate an attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution.