Citizenship and Naturalization
REQUIREMENTS FOR CITIZENSHIP
A lawful permanent resident can gain U.S. citizen through the naturalization process. Lawful permanent residents, spouses of U.S. citizens, and asylees are the main categories of individuals who qualify for naturalization under certain situations.
- Lawful Permanent Residents: Lawful permanent residents are required to have lived in the United States for a minimum of five years or have had at least three years of U.S. military service.
- Spouses of U.S. citizens: if you gained Legal permanent residency gained through marriage to a U.S. citizen, and you wish to apply for citizenship in that category, you need to have been an LPR for at least 3 years and still married to the U.S. citizen.
- Asylees: Asylees must have lived in the United States as lawful permanent residents for a minimum of four years.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR U.S. CITIZENSHIP?
If you wish to become a U.S. citizen, there are elements and requirements which you must meet. If you meet all the requirements and your application is successful, Once all the requirements are met and the application is approved, you will become a U.S citizen after taking the Oath of Allegiance.
U.S. CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENT INCLUDES:
- You must be a minimum of 18 years old.
- You must have taken up residence in the United States for a minimum of five years (without absences of six months or longer).
- If you are married to a U.S. citizen, you must have taken up continuous residence for a minimum of three years.
- You must have been physically present in the United States for a minimum of 30 months.
- If you are married to a U.S. citizen, you must have been physically present in the United States for a minimum of 18 months.
- You must have lived in the district where you will file for naturalization at least three months prior to filing.
- You must show “good moral character.” Prior to criminal acts or lying and misrepresentation will be considered on this point.
- You must demonstrate a knowledge of English and correctly answer a number of U.S. government and history questions.
- You must answer questions about your attachment to the U.S. Constitution and willingness to take the Oath of Allegiance in the affirmative.
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