Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) are fulfilled. According to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 757,434 persons were naturalized in 2012.
Naturalization is a complex process. It has some general requirements:
- Be age 18 or older;
- Be a permanent resident for a certain amount of time (5 years or 3 years)
- Be a person of good moral character
- Have a basic knowledge of U.S. Government
- Have a period of continuous and physical presence in the U.S.
- Be able to speak, read and write in English.
There are a lot of things that can demonstrate lack of good moral character. Some of them are: Committing certain crimes, Habitual drunkenness, Illegal gambling, Prostitution, Terrorist acts, Polygamy (marriage to more than one person), Lying to gain immigration benefits.
There are 10 steps to Naturalization:
Step 1. Determine if you are already a U.S. Citizen. If you were born in the United States, you are already a U.S. Citizen. If you have a U.S. Citizen parent you may already be a citizen.
Step 2. Determine your eligibility to become a U.S. Citizen.
Step 3. Fill in Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
Step 4. Submit Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
Step 6. Complete the interview.
Step 7. Receive a decision from USCIS on your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
Step 8. Receive a notice to take the Oath of Allegiance.
Step 9. Take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.
Step 10. Understanding U.S. citizenship.
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