CITIZENSHIP & NATURALIZATION
Naturalization is the way that a person not born in the United States voluntarily becomes a U.S. citizen.
To qualify, one must meet several general USCIS naturalization eligibility requirements:
- Be at least 18 years old at the time of applying.
- Be a permanent resident (have a “Green Card”) for at least 5 years at the time of applying.
- Demonstrate continuous residence in the United States for at least 5 years immediately before the date of applying.
- Evidence physical presence in the United States for at least 30 months out of the 5 years immediately before the date of applying.
- Be of good moral character (no criminal activity).
- Demonstrate an attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution
- Be able to read, write, and speak basic English.
- Have a basic understanding of U.S. history and government (civics). Citizenship Quiz
- Take an oath of allegiance to the United States.
Certain categories of lawful permanent residents may qualify for exceptions to the above.