Naturalization refers to conferring U.S. citizenship after birth for someone who lacks U.S. citizenship. To be eligible for naturalization, an applicant must have reached the age of 18 and have resided continuously in the United States for at least five years as a lawful permanent resident (LPR).
Applicants Must Demonstrate:
- They have been physically present in the United States for 30 months over the previous five years, and during this period they were not outside the country for more than 180 days combined total in any single year
- Not outside the United States on any day without being admitted or paroled as an LPR with no other immigration status
- Not under a deportation order, removal order, or exclusion order
- Not convicted of an aggravated felony, either while physically present in the United States or while admitted and a non-immigrant under Temporary Protected Status
- Can speak, read, write and understand the English language
The process of becoming a U.S. citizen is governed by federal immigration laws and regulations, which give the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to establish national immigration policies and administer them. When an applicant completes the coursework and takes the required tests set forth in statute, the person may be eligible for citizenship.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) grants citizenship when there is sufficient evidence that they have met their naturalization requirements.
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