Naturalization is the process where a foreigner becomes a US citizen. In order for a foreign citizen to go go through the naturalization process, the individual thas to meet certain requirements.
- A permanent resident who has lived in the US for five(5) years;
- Spouses of US citizens who have lived in the US as a permanent resident for three (3) years;
- Asylees who have lived in the US as permanent residents for four (4) years; and
- Permanent residents with three (3) years of US military service.
Foreign nationals living in the US as lawful permanent residents for the statutory time period.
With few exceptions, naturalization applicants must normally meet the following requirements:
- Applicants must be at least 18 years old;
- An applicant must have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence;
- Generally, an applicant must show that he or she has been a person of good moral character for the statutory period;
- An applicant must show that he or she is attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States;
- Applicants for naturalization must be able to read, write, speak, and understand words in ordinary usage in the English language;
- An applicant for naturalization must demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the history and of the principles and form of government of the United States; and
- An applicant must take the oath of allegiance.