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Naturalization Requirements to Obtain United States Citizenship

Legal Permanent Residents are generally eligible to apply for United States Citizenship by meeting the naturalization Requirements. 

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To be meet the naturalization requirements based on being a lawful permanent resident for at least five years, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old when you submit Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

  • Show you have been a lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States for at least five years

  • Demonstrate continuous residence in the United States for at least five years immediately before the date you file Form N-400

  • Show you have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the five years immediately before the date you file Form N-400

  • Show you have lived for at least three months in a state or USCIS district having jurisdiction over your place of residence

  • Show that you are a person of good moral character and have been a person of good moral character for at least five years immediately before the date you file Form N-400

  • Demonstrate an attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution

  • Be able to read, write and speak basic English

  • Have knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the history, and of the principles and form of government, of the United States

  • Take an Oath of Allegiance to the United States.

An applicant for U.S Citizenship is exempt from the English language requirement where the test can be taken in the applicant's native language  if:

  • The Applicant is age 50 or older at the time of filing for naturalization and has lived as a permanent resident (Green Card holder) in the United States for 20 years
    OR

  • Age 55 or older at the time of filing for naturalization and has lived as a permanent resident in the United States for 15 years 

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