Often times I am asked what are the requirements to become a naturalized citizen in the United States. The U.S. Immigration laws have certain requirements that an applicant needs to meet to be considered for naturalization. Below are the requirements an applicant must meet to be eligible to apply for naturalization:
1. The applicant is a Legal Permanent Resident for at least 5 years before filing an Application for Naturalization.
2. The applicant is 18 years of age or older at the time of filing an Application for Naturalization.
3. The applicant must be attached to the principles of the U.S. Constitution.
4. Have continuously resided in the United States as a Legal Permanent Resident for at least 5 years.
5. Must be a resident of the state from which you are applying from for a minimum of three months.
6. The applicant must meet a physical presence requirement. The requirement is usually half of the continuous residence requirement (or 2 ½ years). If an applicant does not meet the physical presence requirement, it is possible USCIS will deny the application.
7. The applicant must be able to read, write and speak English.
8. Have knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government.
9. Be a person of good moral character.
10. Continuously reside in the U.S. from the date of filing your application until the swearing-in ceremony.
Before filing your naturalization application, it is best to meet with a qualified immigration attorney. While hiring a notorio or document preparer may be a cheaper option, they cannot provide you the legal advice you deserve. Do not put yourself in a situation to have your application denied. Call my office today at (520) 244-3600 to speak with me about becoming a naturalized citizen.