You may be eligible for citizenship if you meet ALL of the following criteria:
- You have been a permanent resident for at least five years (or three years if married to a US citizen).
- You are at least 18 years of age.
- You are a person of good moral character, which means:
-Not have committed certain crimes such as drug offenses, prostitution, or lying to the government.
-Not helped someone cross the border illegally.
-Not have done things that the government considers immoral, like not paying child support or taxes.
- You are able to read, write and speak English well enough to have a simple conversation with the interviewer.
- You are able to answer simple questions in the interview about US history and government:
-Generally, the officer asks 10 questions.
-All Questions come from a list of questions and answers that can be studied.
- You have made America your home for at least five years and you have lived in this area for at least three months.
- You’ve actually been in the US for at least half of each year for the past five years.
- You are willing to take an oath of allegiance to the United States.
You may be eligible for other reasons, if:
- You served in the armed forces of the United States during a time of declared war or conflict (for example after September 11, 2001).
- You are the son of US citizens.
To apply for citizenship:
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- Attend one of our free assistance events for citizenship.
- Make an individual appointment with one of our legal service providers.
- Be sure to take the information and documents needed to complete a citizenship application workshop or individual appointment.
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