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Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to foreign nationals.

There are certain basic qualifications for becoming a naturalized citizen of the US. as well as certain requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Applicants must:

  • be permanent residents of the US
  • ​be at least 18 years old or a child under 18 whose biological or adoptive parents became citizens
  • ​have a green card for at least 5 years or be married to a US citizen for at least 3 years and have permanent lawful resident status for 3 years
  • ​not have lived outside the US for more than 6 months (with some exceptions)  
  • speak, read, and write English (with some exceptions)
  • ​display a basic knowledge of US history and government by passing a citizenship test
  • be a person of good moral character
  • not have been convicted of certain crimes (contact our office for a complete list)

​Naturalization can also be achieved if:

  • You have qualifying service in the U.S. armed forces and meet all other eligibility requirements
  • You are a U.S. citizen and your child was born outside the U.S., your child is currently residing outside the U.S., and all other eligibility requirements are met

​The English language or citizenship test requirements can be waved for individuals over 55 who have lived in the US over 20 years.

Note: You may already be a U.S. citizen and not need to apply for naturalization if your biological or adoptive parent(s) became a U.S. citizen before you reached the age of 18.

Call us today If you think you or someone you care about qualifies for naturalization.

If an individual meets all of the above requirements we can begin the process right away. 


  • The United States Supreme Court defines naturalization as “the act of adopting a foreigner, and clothing him with the privileges of a native citizen.”

  • There are a number of different factors that may qualify an individual for naturalization.

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