Naturalization is the legal process through which a foreign citizen or national can become a U.S. citizen.  In order to be naturalized, an applicant must first be qualified to apply for citizenship.  He or she must complete an application, attend an interview, and pass an English and a civics test. Upon successful completion of these steps, the applicant takes an oath of loyalty, and becomes a citizen.

Eligibility for Naturalization

• Five years of permanent residency or three years if you are married to a U.S. citizen.

• Must be a person of good moral character.

• Must pass English language and Civic tests.

• Must have a period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States.