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  Citizenship Requirements:

(1) Age 18

(2) Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)

  • 3 Years if Married to USC: If you received your Permanent Residency (green card) by marriage to a U.S. Citizens spouse you may apply for your citizenship if you meet the additional criteria.
  • 5 Years most others: If you received your Permanent Residency through employment, a Non-U.S.C spouse, the Green Card Lottery, Asylum, Withholding of Removal, or through Cancellation you will require a minimum of five years status while also meeting the additional qualification.
  • U.S. Military Service: Special rules apply to members of the U.S. military. Please seek the advice of a qualified immigration attorney to see if you can qualify for citizenship today.

(3) Continuous Residence:

  • Overseas stays six months or longer may break your continuous residency period thereby prolonging the date in which you may qualify to submit an application.
    d. Physical Presence: The government requires that you have a qualified number of actual days that you have physically been in the United States over the last three to five years depending on your circumstances.

(4) Residence in the State:

  • You must live three months in the same state prior to applying for your naturalization.

(5) Good Moral Conduct:

  • Serious criminal offenses may make you statutorily ineligible to naturalize. Speeding tickets, parking tickets and the like are not considered in making an assessment. Individuals with limited criminal histories should contact a qualified immigration attorney to see if they may still qualify. Often you can.

(6) Civics and History:

  • During the Interview you can expect to be asked a series of questions regarding U.S. history and governmental structure. Please study the following questions to prepare yourself (read the list).

(7) English Proficiency:

  • During the Interview the Immigration Officer will determine your English proficiency by conducting the hearing in English and typically by asking you to write a simple sentence like, “My car is black.”

Please note: The above list of requirements is not exhaustive, and additional requirements do exist. Meeting the above requirements is used merely for purposes to see if you “generally qualify” versus actually qualifying. Please consult with a qualified immigration attorney prior to filing an application for naturalization.

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