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U.S. Citizenship (Naturalization)

Resources:

Information on Getting a U.S. Passport

Preparing For The Oath: An Interactive Guide by the Smithsonian & USCIS

100 Questions and Answers for the New Naturalization Civics Test

USCIS Headquarters Memo on Military Naturalization Procedures–04/15/2009

CLINIC – Citizenship for Us: A Handbook on Naturalization & Citizenship 6th Edition

Guide for New Immigrants – Available in 14 different languages

Naturalization Resources in Spanish

What is Naturalization?

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is conferred upon a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). All naturalization applicants must demonstrate good moral character, attachment, and favorable disposition. The other naturalization requirements may be modified or waived for certain applicants, such as spouses of U.S. citizens.

Am I eligible for Naturalization?

There are several avenues toward becoming eligible to apply for Naturalization.

– The foreign national has been a permanent resident for 5 years and at least half of the 5-year period was spent physically in the United States.
– The foreign national has been a permanent resident for 3 years and is married to a U.S. citizen.
– Foreign national serves in the U.S. Military.

Note: Call us for information on exceptions, special cases, and waivers to the 5-year rule.

What are the requirements for naturalization?

The general requirements for administrative naturalization include:
– A period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States
– Residence in a particular USCIS District prior to filing
– An ability to read, write, and speak English
– A knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government
– Good moral character
– Attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution
– Favorable disposition toward the United States