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.