Individuals who have been lawful permanent residents for five years (three years for those who live in "matrimonial harmony" with their citizen spouses) are eligible to apply for U.S. Citizenship. In order to qualify for citizenship, you must prove you "good moral character." This is established by affirming that you are a law-abiding citizen who pays taxes. Good moral character can be established even where there is a criminal arrest history, but consultation with an experienced immigration attorney is absolutely necessary. All travel must be declared and trips outside the United States exceeding six months could present a problem. Males who lived in the United States between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six must have registered for the selective service.
In order to become a U.S. Citizen you must be able to conduct the interview in English, unless you qualify for an exception. You must also pass a history and civics test. If your application is approved, you will be scheduled for an oath ceremony. Once the oath ceremony is complete, you will receive your naturalization certificate and you are officially a U.S. Citizen!
Cecily has helped many individuals become U.S. Citizens. If you are interested in learning more about the naturalization process, please contact our office for a consultation.