Do You Qualify for Citizenship?
Depending on your situation, you may be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship, also known as naturalization.
To become a U.S. citizen, you MUST meet the following requirements:
Be 18 years of age or older.
Have authorization to live and work in the U.S. on a permanent basis (have a permanent resident card, also known as a “green card”) for at least five years (or three years, if married to a United States citizen).
Have continuous residence in the U.S. for at least five years (or three years, if married to a United States citizen) and be physically present in the U.S. for at least half of that time.
Be able to read, write and speak basic English.
Some people do not have to speak English at all or answer any questions about United States history and civics, depending on many factors such as age, time in the U.S. as green card holders, and if the person has a disability. For more information about language exceptions, disability exceptions, and accommodations, go to review the USCIS Exceptions & Accommodations information.
Have knowledge and an understanding of the fundamentals of U.S. history and government.
Be a person of “good moral character.”
Take a loyalty oath to the United States and support the Constitution and form of government of the United States.
Should You Apply For Citizenship?
Is applying for U.S. citizenship right for you? While naturalization is generally recommended because of the many benefits and privileges provided, in some cases applying for citizenship could involve risks and may not be the best course of action. When you apply for citizenship, you give USCIS the opportunity to re-open your entire immigration file, and there are some significant issues that could result in a declined application, or even removal proceedings. Potential applicants with a serious criminal record, history of drug abuse, or extended trips outside of the US (longer than six months), should meet with one of our immigration service providers for a free eligibility screening to determine whether these issues may impact the citizenship application.