Citizenship Through Naturalization

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.

¿How is it obtained?
  1. Determine if you are already an American citizen. (Many times a person may have acquired citizenship automatically through their parents and is unaware)
  2. Determine if you are eligible to become a citizen of the United States.
  3. Determine if you have any impediment to obtain citizenship
  4. Present your application of naturalization
  5. You must appear at a biometric appointment,
  6. 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
  7. You will receive the final decision from the immigration officer
  8. You will receive a notification to take the oath that will make you a citizen
  9. Take the oath of allegiance to the United States.
  10. With this oath you will become a citizen and stop being an immigrant.
¿What are the requirements?
  • 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.
¿How can we help?

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.