Naturalization

The requirements of naturalization depend on the age of the applicant, the applicant’s Green Card status, and the length of their continuous residence in the United States. Though there are many variations and exceptions to this rule, especially for individuals who have served in a branch of the United States military, there is a general set of requirements that applies to many applicants.

You may qualify for naturalization if:

  1. You are at least 18 years old; AND
  2. You have had unconditional permanent residency status for at least 5 years; AND
  3. You have not left the United States for longer than 6 months at a time.

You may qualify for naturalization if:

  1. You are at least 18 years old; AND
  2. You are currently married to and living with a U.S. citizen; AND
  3. You have been married to and living with a U.S. citizen for the past 3 years; AND
  4. Your spouse has been a U.S. citizen for the past 3 years; AND
  5. You have had permanent residency status for at least 3 years; AND
  6. You have not left the United States for longer than 6 months at a time.

You may qualify for naturalization if:

  1. You are a member of the U.S. Armed Forces; AND
  2. You have served in the U.S. Armed Forces for more than 1 year; AND
  3. You currently have permanent residency status.

You may qualify for naturalization if:

  1. You were previously a member of the U.S. Armed Forces; AND
  2. You have had permanent residency status for at least 5 years; AND
  3. You have not left the United States for more than 6 months at a time, excluding time spent on deployment.

There are many variations and exceptions to these rules, depending on the applicant’s permanent residency status and length of continuous residence. Additional requirements for all naturalization applicants include

  • Good Moral Character
  • English & Civics Knowledge
  • Attachment to the Construction

For more information regarding naturalization, please see the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services “Guide to Naturalization.” If you have questions regarding your individual qualifications for naturalization, give us a call at 301-515-1190.

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