Eligibility Criteria for applying for U.S. Citizenship:
- Legal Permanent Resident at least 5 years (there is a 3 year exception for petitions who gained a green card through marriage)
- At least 18 years old
- Continuous residence in the United States for 5 years
- Live within the United States Customs and Immigration Services District for at least 3 months prior to applying
- Demonstrate you are a person of “Good Moral Character”
Once you are sure you fulfilled all those requirements you can now be eligible to apply for citizenship. We always recommend to consult with a lawyer for any immigration matter because of its importance. The applicant’s history that can make them ineligible to apply for a citizenship. If you have ever been arrested, you need to consult with an immigration attorney to discuss your situation.,
After you are sure you are eligible to apply, you must fill out the Naturalization application with its supporting documents. USCIS requires a filing fee to submit the application to one of its service centers. Once the application is received they will schedule you for an interview with a USCIS officer. At the interview the officer will go through your entire application and documents to make sure everything is satisfactory. The officer has the discretion to grant or deny your application. That is why it’s so important to consult an attorney and make sure the application is done correctly.
The applicant will also have to take a test at the USCIS office. The test is used to determine if the applicant is well enough versed with the history and ways of the country.
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