In order to become a U.S. citizen, you must meet requirements of age,
residency, residence and physical presence, good moral character,
attachment to the Constitution, language, and knowledge of U.S. history
and government. If you meet all of those requirements, you will then be
considered for citizenship, and, at the swearing-in ceremony, recite the
oath of allegiance.
In order to apply for citizenship, you must:
An immigration attorney can be very helpful in successfully completing the citizenship application process.
- Be at least eighteen years old. Children under 18 may naturalize when their parents do.
- Have been lawfully admitted to the United States and possess a
green card (I-551).
- Have held a green card for at least five years prior to applying, lived at
least 30 months of the last five years in the United States (periods of
absence longer than six months may void make you ineligible), and have
resided in the same state or district for at least three months. Or Have
held a green card and been married to a U.S. citizen for at least three
years. Or Have performed qualifying military service.
- Have no major crimes on your record. Other restrictions are placed on
the applicant under the heading of "good moral character," but they
are too numerous to list here.
Download a complete list from INS.
- Demonstrate that you will abide by the Constitution of the United States of America.
- Be able to demonstrate a working understanding of common English language.
- Be able to pass a test covering the basics of United States history and governmental structure.
- Recite the Oath of Allegiance.
Here are some other helpful sites on the Internet: