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- If you are a permanent resident and meet the residency requirement for naturalization, we can help you prepare your application (Form N-400).
- Every applicant for naturalization is scheduled for an naturalization interview with USCIS in which they must demonstrate and ability to read, write and understand English plus pass a verbal test on US history and civics. Our citizenship classes will help applicants prepare you for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services citizenship interview.
Requirements for Naturalization as a United States Citizen: Source USCIS
Generally, to be eligible for naturalization you must:
- Be age 18 or older; and
- Be a permanent resident for a certain amount of time (usually 5 years or 3 years, depending on how you obtained status); and
- Be a person of good moral character; and • Have a basic knowledge of U.S. government (this, too, can be excepted due to permanent physical or mental impairment); and
- Have a period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States; and
- Be able to read, write, and speak basic English.
There are exceptions to this rule for someone who at the time of filing: - Is 55 years old and has been a permanent resident for at least 15 years; or - Is 50 years old and has been a permanent resident for at least 20 years; or - Has a permanent physical or mental impairment that makes the individual unable to fulfill these requirements.
When can I apply for naturalization?
You may be able to apply for naturalization if you are at least 18 years of age and have been a permanent resident of the United States:
- For at least 5 years; or
- For at least 3 years during which time you have been, and continue to be, married to and living in a marriage relationship with your U.S. citizen husband or wife; or
- Have honorable service in the U.S. military.
Certain spouses of U.S. citizens and/or members of the military may be able to file for naturalization sooner than noted above.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has an excellent website with free downloadable forms, instructions and information for becoming a United States Citizen. www.uscis.gov
Citizenship information https://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship
The form N-400 Application for Naturalization is your main document to apply for becoming a naturalized citizen. Click on the USCIS link below to reach the downloadable form: https://www.uscis.gov/n-400
USCIS Citizenship Resource Center offers many helps for “LEARNERS” preparing for US Citizenship. Click on the link below to reach citizenship helps: https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship
The naturalization process is complete when an applicant for citizenship through the naturalization process successfully completes a naturalization interview at USCIS and then attends an oath ceremony whereby he or she is sworn in as a United States Citizen. At the interview the applicant must demonstrate an ability to read, write and understand English, but must demonstrate a knowledge of US history and civics. Interview Civics Test Practice: https://my.uscis.gov/prep/test/civics
The final step in becoming a naturalized U.S. Citizen is an Oath Ceremony scheduled by the USCIS. At that ceremony, each applicant will take the following oath.
Oath of Allegiance for U.S. Citizenship
"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."