Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) after meeting the requirements outlined in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
U.S. citizens have some rights that are not granted to non-citizens. These rights include, but are not limited to, ability to vote in elections, eligibility for federal jobs, ability to travel with a U.S. passport, and priority when petitioning for family members to permanently stay in the U.S.
HOW TO APPLY FOR NATURALIZATION?
To apply for Naturalization, Lawful Permanent Residents must meet the following requirements:
Be 18 years of age or older
Have been an LPR for at least 5 years (3 years if married to a U.S. Citizen)
Have lived within the State or USCIS district with jurisdiction over their place of residence for the past 3 months or more
Have continuous residence in the U.S. as an LPR for the past 5 years or more
Have been physically present within the U.S. for at least 30 months on the previous 5 years
Continually reside within the U.S. from the date of application for Naturalization to the time of Naturalization
Pass the English and Civics test to prove ability to read, write, and speak English and the possession of knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government (unless you qualify for an exception or accommodation)
Be a person of good moral character
USCIS provides a handy Guide to Naturalization on their website which provides a more in-depth view of the Naturalization requirements and processes, as well as study material for the Naturalization civics exam.
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