Citizenship & Naturalization

CITIZENSHIP and NATURALIZATION

Do you want to be a U.S. Citizen?

Citizens of the United States are permanently entitled to live, work, vote, serve on juries and hold a U.S. passport. United States citizens can sponsor their spouse, unmarried children under age 21 and parents as immediate relatives. Your options for citizenship and naturalization are numerous. Specifically an individual may acquire U.S. citizenship in a variety of ways:

1. Birth in the United States
2. Children born in the U.S. are automatically U.S. citizens, regardless of the immigration status of their parents.
3. Birth outside the United States to U.S. citizen parents.
4. Certain children born abroad to U.S. citizen parents are automatically citizens of the U.S.

Naturalization of a Parent

A child born outside the U.S. may automatically become a U.S. citizen if one parent becomes a U.S. citizen prior to the child's 18th birthday.

Adoption by U.S. Citizen Parents

Certain children adopted and in the physical custody of their United States citizen parents for at least two years may acquire U.S. citizenship. The child must be under the age of 16 at the time of the legal adoption.

Naturalization

Have you been a legal resident for 5 years? Anyone over the age of 18 who has been a legal permanent resident alien for at least five (5) years may apply for naturalization. The applicant must have been physically present in the U.S. for at least (30) thirty months out of the five years prior to the date of filing of the application and must have resided for at least three months within the State in which the application is filed. If the lawful permanent resident gains status through marriage, the naturalization process can be shortened to (3) three years. The applicant must demonstrate good moral character, be attached to the principles of the United States Constitution, be willing to bear arms on behalf of the U.S. or perform other work of national importance and must not otherwise be barred from Naturalization.

All naturalization applicants will be fingerprinted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and have their criminal backgrounds reviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The applicant must demonstrate a basic ability to read, write, speak and understand the English language. The applicant must also pass a short oral or written test on the history and government of the United States. Lastly, the applicant must be interviewed in person by an USCIS officer. If the applicant is approved for naturalization, the applicant will attend a public ceremony and take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States. After taking the oath, the applicant will return the green card to the USCIS and receive a certificate of citizenship. This certificate of citizenship can be used to obtain a U.S. passport.

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