Bordeau Immigration Law, LLC makes the following statement on behalf of minorities everywhere: For more than 3 centuries, millions of people from around the globe have sought the freedom of American soil to create better lives. One group, however, did not come with dreams of freedom; instead, much of this great nation was built on the backs of their suffering. It is time to end systemic racism against African Americans and forever stop the white supremacy movement that threatens our democracy. It is time to uphold the fundamental American ideal of liberty and justice for all.
A permanent resident is eligible for US citizenship 5 years after becoming a permanent resident, unless the individual is married to a US citizen, in which case the individual can apply 3 years after becoming a permanent resident.
Note: an individual who obtained permanent residency through employment or other means can still benefit from earlier eligibility if he/she is married to a US citizen, as long as he/she has been married to and living with a US citizen for 3 years at the time of filing (the US citizen spouse must also have been a US citizen during the requisite 3 year period).
Other general requirements include the following:
• Be at least 18 years old at the time of filing
• Show that you have lived for at least 3 months in the state or USCIS district where you apply.
• Demonstrate continuous residence in the United States for at least 5 years (or 3 years if married to a US citizen
immediately preceding the date of filing. Note that a trip abroad that lasts for 6 months or longer can break the
continuous residence requirement.
• Show that you have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the 5 years immediately
preceding the date of filing (pro-rated for spouses of US citizens).
• Be able to read, write, and speak basic English.
• Have a basic understanding of U.S. history and government (civics).
• Be a person of good moral character.
• Demonstrate an attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution.
The USCIS has additional information about eligibility for naturalization at www.uscis.gov
The naturalization process typically involves four steps: (1) filing Form N-400, (2) biometrics; (3) an interview at a USCIS Field Office that includes a civics and English test, and (4) an Oath Ceremony.