Naturalization is the process by which a legal immigrant from the United States obtains United States citizenship. It is granted to a foreign or national citizen after he or she meets the requirements established by Congress in the immigration and nationality law.
- Determine if you are already an American citizen. (Many times a person may have acquired citizenship automatically through their parents and is unaware)
- Determine if you are eligible to become a citizen of the United States.
- Determine if you have any impediment to obtain citizenship
- Present your application of naturalization
- You must appear at a biometric appointment,
- You must appear for an interview with an immigration officer. During this appointment
- You will be interviewed about your application
- You must pass the civic and American history exam
- Must read and write in English for the official present
- You will receive the final decision from the immigration officer
- You will receive a notification to take the oath that will make you a citizen
- Take the oath of allegiance to the United States.
- With this oath you will become a citizen and stop being an immigrant.
- Be 18 years of age or older at the time of submitting your application.
- Be a legal permanent resident
- Demonstrate continued residence in the United States for the past 5 years (in some cases, it may be only 3 years if you are married to a citizen of the United States and have lived with the citizen for 3 years.
- Show that you have been physically present in the United States for 30 months (in some cases, this may be 18 months if you are married to a US citizen).
- Show that you have lived for at least 3 months in the state or USCIS district where you apply for residency.
- Demonstrate that you are not deportable (related to crimes, previous deportations, etc.).
Show that you have good moral conduct.
- Show that you can pass the civics and history test in English. In some cases, a person may take the test in their native language (Spanish) if they are over 50 years of age (20 years as a resident or 55 years of age and 15 as a legal resident).
- Demonstrate that you speak, read and write English in a basic way.
If you would like to become a citizen, we will help you determine whether you apply for citizenship through naturalization and help you through all the process, from the application to the interview.