Naturalization and Citizenship

Naturalization is the application process to become a U.S. Citizen. Most Lawful Permanent Residents may apply for naturalization after five years. A Lawful Permanent Resident spouse of a U.S. Citizen, may apply after three years, assuming additional requirements are met.

To qualify for naturalization, an applicant must be:

  • A Lawful Permanent Resident
  • At least 18 years old at the time of filing
  • Meet the continuous residence and physical presence requirements
  • Be a person of good moral character
  • Comply with the Selective Service Registration, if applicable
  • Pass an English and Civics test, if required, and take the Oath of Allegiance

Application Process

The process begins with filing an application for naturalization. The applicant will be required to attend a biometrics appointment and an in-person interview. During the interview, the applicant will take an English and Civics test. If approved, the applicant will be scheduled to attend an Oath Ceremony and will be issued a Certificate of Naturalization.