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Eligibility Requirements for U.S. Citizenship
May 03, 2023

Eligibility Requirements for U.S. Citizenship

Obtaining United States citizenship is an arduous process that requires immigration applicants to meet several criteria. Strict eligibility requirements must be met in order for an individual to become a full citizen of the country.  Even if you were not born in the United States, aspiring citizens are able to become citizens through a process called naturalization.

What is Naturalization?

Naturalization is the process of becoming a US citizen if you were not born in the United States. This process requires a certain set of eligibility requirements, an understanding of the process itself, and filing the necessary paperwork. If you are interested in becoming a US citizen through naturalization, read on to learn more about the necessary steps and eligibility requirements. 

Eligibility Requirements for Naturalization

To become a US citizen through naturalization, one must meet certain criteria. First and foremost, you must be 18 years or older and have lived in the United States as a permanent resident for at least 5 years. You must also have been physically present in the United States for at least half of those 5 years (30 months). Additionally, you must have resided within your state or United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) district where you are applying for at least 3 months before filing your application. Furthermore, you must demonstrate good moral character and pass the immigration test, which covers both history and government within the US. Additionally, applicants are required to take English language proficiency tests in writing, reading, and speaking English. Financially, immigration applicants may also need to prove their economic stability through income tax return documentation or financial accounts. After meeting all these immigration criteria, you can finally file for your long-awaited United States citizenship.

How to File for Naturalization

The first step to filing for naturalization is to complete Form N-400 Application for Naturalization. Be sure to fill out this form accurately and completely, as any mistakes or omissions can lead to delays in processing your application or even denied applications. It’s also important to include all necessary documentation with your application, such as proof of residence, proof of identity, birth certificates, marriage certificates (if applicable), etc. Once you have filed Form N-400, it will be reviewed by USCIS and then forwarded to local field offices for further processing. Additional steps may include interviews or exams, depending on your specific case. 

Becoming a US Citizen through naturalization is an exciting endeavor, but one that requires careful planning and preparation. This is why it’s important that anyone interested in this process understand all the necessary steps involved, from eligibility requirements to filing forms with USCIS, which can be complex processes. If you are located in Indiana and need help with the citizenship application process, contact the experienced attorneys at Villarrubia & Rosenberger, P.C. for a consultation regarding your immigration matter today!  We’re ready to answer any questions you may have along this journey toward US citizenship!




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