Naturalization: Becoming a U.S. Citizen
The process of becoming a U.S. citizen is called naturalization. In general, you can apply for naturalization once you meet the following requirements:
Requirements for Naturalization
1. Continuous residence: Live in the United States as a permanent resident for a specific amount of time.
2. Physical presence: Show that you have been physically present in the United States for specific time periods.
3. Time in state or USCIS district: Show that you have lived in your state or USCIS district for a specific amount of time.
4. Good moral character: Show that you have behaved in a legal and acceptable manner.
5. English and civics: Know basic English and information about U.S. history and government.
6. Attachment to the Constitution: Understand and accept the principles of the U.S. Constitution.
You may qualify for certain exceptions and modifications if:
● You are a U.S. national;
● You are employed abroad in a qualifying category;
● You have qualifying military service; or
● You are the spouse, child, or parent of certain U.S. citizens