If you wish to become a U.S. citizen, citizenship will come with many opportunities,
as well as responsibilities, but it’s a very exciting endeavor indeed!
Usually, immigrants who want to become U.S. citizens must first become
a permanent resident (green card holder).
When you become a U.S. citizen, you will enjoy many rights that permanent
visa holders do not have, such as the right to vote in a presidential election.
If you wish to become a U.S. citizen, first you will have to meet several
requirements, which were established by U.S. law.
U.S. Citizenship Through Naturalization
In the U.S., when an immigrant applies to be a U.S. citizen, this process
“naturalization.” If you wish to become a U.S. citizen, you have to be eligible for
the naturalization process. These requirements were set by U.S. immigration law.
To be eligible for naturalization, you must be:
- 18 years of age or older
- A permanent resident for 3 or 5 years, depending on how you obtained your
permanent resident status
- A person with a good moral character
- A person with basic knowledge of U.S. government
- Living in the U.S. for a certain length of time
- Able to read, write and speak English, unless you meet certain age requirements
When can I apply for naturalization? You can apply for naturalization if
you are 18 or older, have been a permanent resident for 5 years, or 3
years if you have been married to a U.S. citizen, or if you honorably
served in the U.S. military.
Note: under certain circumstances, eligible husbands and wives of U.S. citizens
or members of the U.S. Armed Forces may be allowed to file for naturalization
sooner than the 3 or 5 years mentioned above.
If you are interested in applying for
permanent resident status or naturalization, please
Plano immigration attorney at our firm. Additionally, if you are a member of the military living
in Texas and interested in U.S. citizenship, don’t hesitate to reach
out to us for assistance!