Citizenship provides many rights and responsibilities. The decision to become a U.S. citizen through naturalization is an important undertaking. A person who wants to naturalize must first be a lawful permanent resident. Once a U.S. citizen, you gain many rights that Lawful permanent residents do not have, such as the right to vote. You must first meet certain requirements to become a U.S. Citizen.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Have basic English skills;
- Be able to pass a U.S. civics test;
- Lawful permanent resident of the United States for five years, or three years for the spouse of a United States citizen;
- Establish physical presence in the United States for at least half the requisite time;
- Be at least 18 years old;
- Maintain lawful permanent residence in a continuous manner;
- Maintain residence in the State or USCIS District, in which the application for Naturalization is filed, for at least three months;
- Be a person of good moral character;
- Take an oath of allegiance to the United States.