Individuals who wish to become citizens of the United States are often very eager to start the naturalization process but may not be sure of all necessary qualifications that must be met first. When an individual is eligible to begin applying for naturalization, it is important that they are prepared to take the English language and civics examinations. The requirements that an individual must meet before they can begin the application process include the satisfaction of one of the following statements:
- The individual has lived in the United States for the past 5 years with a permanent residence status
- The individual has lived in the United States for 4 years because of the need for asylum
- The individual has lived in the United States for 3 years as the spouse of a U.S. citizen
- The individual has lived in the United States for 3 years, is a lawful permanent resident and served in the U.S. military
The applicant will also have to demonstrate good moral character, as well as a physical presence in the United States without leaving for 6 months or more. After all of the requirements set by Congress have been satisfied, the applicant will also have to sit through an interview with the USCIS. If successful, they may be granted citizenship in the United States.
If you have questions about citizenship or the naturalization process, contact our firm today.
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