Become a U.S. Citizen through Naturalization

Posted by Camilo Espinosa on September 26, 2013

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen after he or she fulfills certain requirements imposed by the government. Being a U.S. citizen is an important step for many people and you should not take it slightly. The naturalization process is not difficult, but it does take time, action and dedication. There are different ways how you can become a U.S. citizen. This blog will briefly state two methods to become a U.S. citizen if you have been a permanent resident for three or five years.

If you are a green card

holder for at least 5 years, you can apply for naturalization. Please note that before filing your application, you must have lived within the State or “USCIS district” within your jurisdiction for at least 3 months. Additionally, you must have lived in the U.S. continuously as a permanent resident for at least 5 years as well as have been physically present in the U.S. for at least 30 months out of those 5 years.

On the other hand, if you are married to a U.S. citizen, you may apply for naturalization if 1) your spouse has been a U.S. citizen for at least 3 years, 2) you have been a permanent resident for at least 3 years and 3) you have been living in

marital union with the same U.S. citizen spouse during the same 3 years.

In addition to the above requirements, to become a U.S. citizen, you must be able to read, write, and speak English. In other words, you need to be able to comprehend the English language. You must also possess some basic knowledge and understanding about U.S. history and the structure of the U.S. government. There are some exceptions to this requirement if you are above 55 years old and/or have a disability condition. However, you need to take into account that even if you meet all of the requirements stated above, you must be a person of good moral character and you must comply with the principles of the U.S. Constitution.

LOIGICA, PA can help you get your U.S. citizenship. If you contact our Miami Immigration Attorneys today, we will assist you during all your immigration procedure, from the beginning until you obtain your U.S. citizenship.

Topics: Immigration Law