The naturalization process allows permanent residents (holders of the green card) to receive U.S. citizenship.

Becoming a U.S. citizen through the naturalization process involves meeting various requirements established by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Here are some of the main requirements:

Minimum Age Requirement:

You must be 18 years old.

Permanent Residence:

You must have held a permanent resident card (Green Card) for at least 5 years (or 3 years if you are married to a U.S. citizen and have been living with them during that time).

Continuous Residence:

You must have physically resided in the United States for at least half of the residency period (2.5 or 1.5 years depending on the case).

Residence in the USCIS State and District:

You must have resided for at least 3 months in the state or USCIS district where you will submit the application.

Good Moral Character:

You must demonstrate good moral character, which means avoiding criminal activities and immoral behaviors.

Knowledge of U.S. Government and History:

You must pass a civics education exam that assesses your knowledge of the U.S. government and the country’s history.

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English Language Proficiency:

You must demonstrate basic skills in the English language, both in reading and writing.

Submitting the Application:

You must submit Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, along with supporting documents and payment of the corresponding fee.

Naturalization Interview:

After submitting the application, an interview with a USCIS officer will be scheduled to review the application and conduct the civics education and English language proficiency tests.

How Can I Become an American Citizen?

After meeting all the requirements for naturalization, applicants are invited to participate in the oath of allegiance ceremony. This is an exciting and significant moment as it represents the final stage to officially become a citizen of the United States.

Oath of Allegiance Ceremony

During this celebration, new citizens take an oath before a USCIS official, committing to respect and abide by the laws of the country.

After the ceremony, new citizens are advised to update their personal documents, such as the Social Security card and driver’s license, to reflect their new status.

Additionally, they may consider applying for a U.S. passport if they have plans to travel internationally.

It is important to note that requirements may change, and it is advisable to verify the most recent information with an immigration attorney for personalized advice based on your situation.

At Duque Immigration Law Offices, we have been assisting and accompanying our clients throughout the naturalization process until they obtain U.S. citizenship.

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