A person can become an U.S. citizen by operation of law, for example
when a person is born in the U.S.A. or born abroad to U.S. citizens. Another way of becoming a U.S. citizen is to apply for
naturalization. Naturalization requires submitting an application to the U.S. immigration services and satisfying a number
of eligibility requirements.
The general Naturalization requirements are:
All the above requirements have
numerous rules and regulations, and case law expanding and interpreting the requirements. Further, there are several classes
that are barred from naturalization while there are separate rules and regulation for the naturalization of special classes:
spouses of US citizens, naturalization of children born outside the US, members of the armed forces and other special groups.
Some applicants, if qualified, may be exempt from the literacy test requirement.
- Applicant must be lawfully admitted for permanent
- Applicant must be 18 years at time of filing application
- Apply must satisfy residency requirements
- Applicant must be a person of good moral character
must pass an oral history and government examination
must pass a literacy test
- Applicants must take the oath of
Allegiance to the U.S.A.
In addition to satisfying
the basic eligibility requirements, an applicant must assure the non-existence of grounds that can be an obstacle to obtaining
U.S. citizenship, i.e. abandonment of residence, criminal history, false claim to citizenship.
It is wise to counsel
with a competent immigration attorney to review your case, to discuss all the eligibility requirements in depth and to advise
you on your chance of success.
Find out if you are eligible to become a U.S. citizen, whether any exceptions apply
to you, and your chance of obtaining U.S. citizenship by contacting our office to arrange a free consultation.
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