Becoming a U.S. Citizen through Naturalization

Naturalization is an administrative procedure in which a person becomes a U.S. citizen after meeting certain substantive and procedural requirements. These requirements include:

  • applicant must be 18 years of age
  • applicant must have five years of continuous residence after becoming a lawful permanent resident (after obtaining a Green Card. Click here to obtain more information about the green card). Must be physically present in the United States for at least half of this time (two and a half years, or 30 months). If you are married to a U.S. citizen, this requirement is reduced to three years of continuous residence, and a physical residence for one and a half years, or 18 months.
  • three months of residency in the state or district where the application is filed.
  • applicant must have good moral character.
  • applicant must be attached to the principles of the U.S. Constitution.
  • applicant must have basic English language skills and knowledge of the history and government of the United States of America.

An applicant may be barred from obtaining citizenship if he or she has committed a crime involving moral turpitude, or if he or she is on probation.


Q. What is the application process?
A. After submitting your application, you will be notified to take your fingerprints. After taking your fingerprints, you will have an interview with an immigration officer. Once you pass the interview, you will receive your citizenship at the oath ceremony.

Q. After submitting the application, how long does it take to receive the citizenship?
A. It takes approximately 8-12 month to get your citizenship.

Q. What is the interview process?
A. The scope of the interview is limited to questions about residence, physical presence in the U.S., moral character, understanding of and attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution, the ability to read, write and speak English, and other legal qualifications to become a citizen. The applicant may bring his or her attorney.