When a permanent resident makes the decision that they would like to become a naturalized citizen of the United States, they will have to complete a rigorous application process that includes complicated forms as well as a series of exams. In order even be considered eligible for naturalization, an individual must meet the following criteria:
- must be at least 18 years of age
- must be a permanent resident for either 3 or 5 years, depending on how permanent resident status was obtained initially
- must have shown good moral character
- must be able to read, write, and speak basic English, unless they meet the qualifications for exemption
- must have met the criteria for residing and being physically present in the United States for a certain period of time
Once the individual determines that they do fit these criteria, they can actually begin the application process. The actual application for naturalization is Form N-400. The applicant will be required to go through an interview with a USCIS officer and successfully pass an English language exam and a civics exam.
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