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How Do I Become a U.S citizen?

Naturalization is the process of obtaining United States (U.S.) Citizenship. One can obtain naturalization by the following manners:

  • Automatic Citizenship

  • Derivation of Citizenship By Naturalization of One Or Both Parents

  • Citizenship Through Military Service

  • Naturalization Through Affirmative Application

  • Dual Citizenship

The most common form of obtaining citizenship is by applying for citizenship through an affirmative application.  In general, the Legal Permanent Resident must satisfy the following criteria: 

  • Be at least 18 years old. 

  • Have continuously resided in the U.S. for five years after becoming a permanent resident (three years if married to a U.S. citizen);

  • At least half of the permanent residency time must have been spent physically in the U.S.;

  • Must have lived for at least three months in the jurisdiction where the application will be filed;

  • Must demonstrate good moral character for the entire period of residence required (5 or 3 years), and an attachment to the principles embodied in the U.S. Constitution; and

  • Must possess basic English skills and knowledge of the history and government of the U.S.

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