Naturalization is the legal processes affecting the choice to adopt the nationality of a nation by an individual who is not a citizen of that country at the time of their birth. In the U.S., there are many requirements that must be met before an individual can obtain citizenship, or in some case, dual citizenship.
Following are the requirements for U.S. Citizenship:
– the applicant must be 18 years old or older at the time of filing for naturalization
– the applicant must be a legal permanent resident for at least 5 years before being eligible for naturalization
– the applicant must be physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the 5 years immediately preceding the date of filing the application
– the applicant must have continuous residence in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident for at least 5 years immediately preceding the date of filing the application and up to the time of admission to citizenship
– the applicant must have lived within the State or one of its territories with jurisdiction over the applicant’s place of residence for at least three months prior to the date of filing
– the applicant must demonstrate good moral character for 5 years prior to filing for naturalization, and during the period leading up to the administration of the Oath of Allegiance
– the applicant must have an attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution and be well disposed to the good order and happiness of the United States during all relevant periods under the law, and
– the applicant must be able to read, speak, write, and understand English and have knowledge and an understanding of U.S. history and government.
One of the requirements of U.S. Citizenship through naturalization is to take the naturalization test to demonstrate that you are able to read, write and understand English and that you have a basic knowledge of U.S. history and government.
Generally, the naturalization process includes the following steps:
– an individual must determine his or her eligibility to become a U.S. citizen
– must prepare Form N-400 Application for Naturalization
– submit Form N- 400 Application for Naturalization
– go to the biometrics (fingerprinting) appointment, if required
– complete the interview
– receive a decision from USCIS on your Form N- 400
– receive a notice to take the Oath of Allegiance
– take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States
– Understand your rights and responsibilities as a U.S. citizen