If you are from a foreign country and wish to become a citizen of the United States, you should be aware of all your options. Naturalization is one of those options, and is granted to foreign citizens who have met the requirements created in the Immigration and Nationality Act. If you do indeed meet the requirements, you are able to apply for citizenship by taking a naturalization test. 

One way to meet the requirements set by Congress to apply for naturalization is to have lived in the country for a minimum of five years and meet all of the other requirements as stated. These include the following:

  • Be 18-years or older 

  • Have a green card for at least five years

  • Be able to speak, read and write English

  • Have a knowledge of the U.S. government and history of the country

  • Have a good moral character and be able to follow the principles of the U.S. Constitution

If you have been a resident in the country for at least three years, you may be able to file for citizenship as a spouse of a current U.S. citizen. Current U. S. citizens who have a child outside the country may file for citizenship for that child even if the child is not living in the country. Furthermore, you may apply for citizenship through naturalization if you have served in the U.S. armed forces and meet the other requirements. 

Becoming a United States citizen may be difficult, but by knowing your options and rights, you may be able to simplify the process. 

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.