For a foreign national to become a US Citizen, you will go through what is called a Naturalization process. Most typically, you will have needed to be a greencard (Permanent Resident) holder for the last 5 years before applying, or for 3 years if married to a US Citizen.
The process involves filing an application, obtaining fingerprints, attending an interview and finally, a oath or swearing-in ceremony.
Good Moral Character
In addition to maintaining residency, you need to demonstrate that you are of good moral character. The regulations do not specify what makes someone of good moral character, but they do specify who is NOT of good moral character. If you have a criminal background, you should consult an immigration attorney to establish the best path going forward.
In addition, you must show that you are “attached to the principles of the constitution of the United States”.
You need to be able to demonstrate your ability to read, write and speak English in simple words and phrases. In addition, you need to show a understanding of the history of the United States and its form of government. The government publishes a convenient guide that covers all the information you would typically need to know.
If the applicant is not literate in English, an exemption may be possible: If the applicant is over 50 years old AND has lived in the US for 20 years, then they are eligible to use an interpreter. (This also applies if the applicant is over 55 years old and has live in the US for 15 years or more.)
Why use us for your Citizenship application?
- Attorney Consultation
- Flat fee for the naturalization prcoess
- Our office practices immigration law exclusively
- Russian speaking paralegal
- Spanish services available
- Portuguese services available
- Online case status
- Online document management
- Guidance every step of the way
- All forms prepared and filed