Naturalization is the legal process through which a foreign citizen or national can become a U.S. citizen. To be naturalized, an applicant must first be qualified to apply for citizenship. Then, he or she must complete an application, attend an interview, and pass an English and a civics test. Upon successful completion of these steps, the applicant takes an oath of loyalty, and becomes a citizen. These legal requirements help the immigration service ensure that only those people who are sincere in their desire to become Americans become naturalized. The laws pertaining to Naturalization are very complex.
They are contained in section 316 of the Immigration and Nationality Act or “INA”. Generally, to qualify for naturalization, under INA 316, an applicant must:
- Be 18 years of age or older at the time of filing Form N-400
- Be lawfully admitted for permanent residence
- Be a lawfully permanent resident for at least 5 years at the time of filing Form N-400
- Demonstrate good moral character for at least 5 years prior to the Form N-400 filing date, and during the period leading to administration of the Oath of Allegiance
- Have resided continuously in the United States for at least 5 years as a lawful permanent resident before filing Form N-400
- Have resided for at least 3 months in the State or USCIS District where residency is claimed before filing Form N-400
- Have resided continuously in the United States from the date of filing Form N-400 up to the time of administration of the Oath of Allegiance
- Be physically present in the United States for at least 2 1/2 years at the time of filing Form N-400
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of U.S. history and government
- Demonstrate the ability to read, write, and speak words in ordinary usage in the English language
- Establish an attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution and be disposed to the good order and happiness of the United States
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