Naturalization

Naturalization

Naturalization (Citizenship)

Naturalization is the process of becoming a citizen of the United States. A permanent resident is eligible to naturalize after a certain period of time.

A permanent resident who obtained their status through marriage, can apply for naturalization after 3 years only if they are still married. Otherwise, they have to wait for 5 years to apply.

A permanent resident who obtained their status through asylum can apply for naturalization after 4 years of receiving their permanent residence status.

A permanent resident who obtained their status through any other means can apply for naturalization after 5 years.

To be eligible for naturalization, the applicant must:

  1. Be 18 years old or older
  2. Have been physically present in the U.S. for more than half of the time that the applicant has had their permanent residence status
  3. Demonstrate good moral character for the continuous residence period
  4. Pass the civic examination
  5. Pass the English proficiency portion of the examination
  6. If the applicant is a male between the ages of 18 and 26, proof of registration with the Selective Service, or if the applicant is a male between the ages of 26 and 31, that the applicant registered when required to do so.
  7. The applicant must have filed tax returns for the continuous residence period.

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