To apply for citizenship, the applicant must:
- must be 18 years old
- Have permanent residency, often called a “green card” or “mica,” and have lived continuously in the United States during the five years preceding the application submission. Additionally, the applicant must have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months from the last five years and must have been a resident of the State / District for at least 3 months.
Generally, applicants must prove that they are persons of good moral character for the period dictated by law, at the time of filing of the application for citizenship. Applicants are excluded from citizenship if they have been convicted of the crime of murder. Applicants are also excluded from citizenship if they have been convicted of an aggravated felony. Additionally, the applicant may not be eligible if they have been involved in certain criminal activity in the last five years preceding their application. If you are considering applying for naturalization and have had any contact with law enforcement, you should consult with us before filing your application.
Applicants for naturalization must be able to read, write, speak and understand words in ordinary English. Some applicants are excluded from this requirement. Naturalization applicants must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the history fundamentals and of the principles and form of government of the United States.