If you are a legal permanent resident and are looking to become a US citizen, you have to go through the
naturalization process.  Naturalization is the process that permits those who are not born in the US to
gain US citizenship.  Naturalization contains many technical and procedural requirements that you have
to go through when seeking US citizenship.  The naturalization process has to be done through the
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)


The main requirements for naturalization are:

  • be 18 years of age

  • successfully pass the English and the US Historu/Civics Test

  • have the ability to read, write and speak English

  • be of good moral character for the past 5 years

  • be a legal permanent resident for 5 years (if you are married to a US citizen and obtained your
    legal permanent status through the spouse, the requirement is 3 years of legal permanent
    resident status)

  • swear loyalty to the United States in an Oath of Allegiance and give up allegiance to other
    countries

  • continous physical residence in the US


There are many benefits associated with becoming a US citizen.
Some of the benefits are:

  • the right to vote
  • get to travel to other countries without any restrictions
  • will not be subject to deportation if you commit any crimes
  • can more easily sponsor your family to immigrate to the US








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