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If you or a loved one is not born a U.S. Citizen, it’s possible to apply and become one through Naturalization (N-400). One is typically eligible to become a U.S. Citizen after 5 years of being a permanent resident and qualifying under the eligibility requirements below.

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U.S. Citizenship Eligibility Requirements

Here are the general requirements for becoming a U.S. citizen:

  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
  • Show you have been a lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States for at least five years
  • Demonstrate continuous residence in the United States for at least five years
  • Show you have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the five years before filing
  • Show you have lived for at least three months in a state or USCIS district having jurisdiction over your place of residence (If you are a student and are financially dependent on your parents, you may apply for naturalization where you go to school or where your family lives)
  • Show that you are a person of good moral character and have been a person of good moral character for at least five years immediately before the date you file Form N-400
  • Demonstrate an attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution
  • Be able to read, write and speak basic English
  • Have knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the history, and of the principles and form of government of the United States (civics)
  • Take an Oath of Allegiance to the United States

Keep reading below to see how how the attorneys at Gallagher Krich, APC, can help with your specific situation.

Citizenship through marriage

If you received your lawful permanent residency through marriage to a U.S. Citizen, you may qualify for citizenship earlier. To qualify under this exception, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

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  • Demonstrate continuous residence in the United States for at least 3 years
  • Must be married to a citizen the entire time, and your spouse must have been a U.S. citizen for the entire time
  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
  • Show you have lived for at least three months in a state or USCIS district having jurisdiction over your place of residence. (If you are a student and are financially dependent on your parents, you may apply for naturalization where you go to school or where your family lives)
  • Show you have been physically present in the United States for at least 18 months out of the 3 years before filing 
  • Show that you are a person of good moral character and have been a person of good moral character for at least five years immediately before the date you file Form N-400

U.S. Armed Forces

Having served in the U.S. Armed Forces may qualify you for Naturalization after just one year of service. To qualify for this exceptional benefit, you must have served honorably for at least one year prior to filing. If you have separated from service, your N-400 Application must be filed within 6 months of an honorable discharge. Your service does not only qualify you but also your immediate family for expedited citizenship.

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  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
  • Have served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least a year
  • Be a permanent resident at the time of your interview 
  • Show that you are a person of good moral character and have been a person of good moral character for at least five years immediately before the date you file Form N-400
  • Demonstrate an attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution
  • Be able to read, write and speak basic English
  • Have knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the history, and of the principles and form of government, of the United States, (civics)
  • Take an Oath of Allegiance to the United States

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To learn how we can assist you in navigating the citizenship process, use the form below or email us at “immigration [at] tomgallaherlaw.com“.

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Once you reach us, we will carefully investigate your immigration case and examine the specifics of your situation. We will identify your rights and legal options and can assist you with filing your N-400, Application for Naturalization.

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