Requirements to become a United States citizen by Naturalization.
A person who is at least 18 years old, and who meets certain requirements, including U.S. residence, presence, legal status, and who possesses “good moral character”, may apply to become a naturalized U.S. Citizen. This application is made to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) on Form N-400. In general, in order to become a United States citizen by Naturalization, one must show the following:
- They are a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. (an exception applies for certain individuals with military service).
- They have continuously resided in the U.S. in lawful permanent resident status for 5 years (although the time period is reduced to 3 years in certain situations involving individuals married to United States Citizens and for certain battered spouses or children).
- They have been physically present in the U.S. for at least one half of the period of continuous residence.
- They have been a person of good moral character during the statutory period.
- And they are able to demonstrate a knowledge of the English language and of U.S. history and government (unless medically waived).
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