America welcomes people from many nations around the world. However, there are still steps to take in order to become a citizen of the country even after arriving.
Many who aspire to become naturalized citizens must first either have a green card or establish permanent residency. But what else must a person do to have eligibility for naturalization?
Who is eligible?
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services discusses eligibility for naturalization. Every eligible individual must meet one or more of a set of requirements that includes:
- Serving in any branch of armed forces for less than a year within 5 years of arrival
- Currently serving in the armed forces for at least a year
- Married to a U.S. citizen and living with them for 3 years minimum without leaving the U.S. for longer than 6 months
- Married to a U.S. Armed Forces member who died during service
- Being a permanent resident for 5 years minimum and not leaving the U.S. for more than 6 months at a time
In addition, all eligible individuals must be 18 years of age or older
Are there other requirements?
Yes, there are. First, a potential applicant must prove that they have knowledge of the English language, an attachment to the Constitution, and good moral character.
Applicants need to pass a U.S. English and Civics test. They need to pledge their allegiance to protect the Constitution. Finally, they must not commit a crime or lie during the application process, as this will likely negatively affect the outcome.