If you are not a U.S. citizen by birth, you may be eligible to become a citizen through naturalization. People who are 18 years and older use the “Application for Naturalization” to become naturalized. Children who are deriving citizenship from naturalized parents use the “Application for a Certificate of Citizenship” to become naturalized.
Resident aliens who meet the following requirements:
- Lawful admission as a permanent resident.
- Continuous residence in the U.S. for at least 5 years immediately preceding filing for naturalization (3 years for spouses of U.S. citizens).
- Residence for at least 3 months in the state where the application is filed.
- Physical presence within the U.S. for at least one half of the period required for continuous residence (2 and ½ years for resident aliens, 1 and ½ years for spouses of citizens).
- Good moral character
- Continuous residence in the U.S. from the date of filing to the date of the oath of citizenship.
- Attainment of 18 years of age at the time of filing.
- Ability to read, write, and speak English.
- Knowledge of U.S. history and government.