Become a Citizen!
- Vote in national, state, and local elections. As a citizen, you will have a more powerful voice in your community.
- Run for public office and serve on juries.
- Sponsor family members to immigrate to the United States.
- Gain citizenship automatically for your children (under 18).
- Have a U.S. Passport. You can travel and live overseas without time restrictions or having to obtain a reentry permit.
- Lose your fear of deportation. Unlike people with green cards, a U.S. citizen can never be deported or denied entry to the United States.
- Apply for more employment opportunities. Many government and private jobs require U.S. citizenship.
- Access public benefits. Many government scholarships, loans, and grants are available only to U.S. citizens.
- Solidify your position in the United States. Citizens never have to renew their status or notify USCIS if they move.
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Have been a legal permanent resident (have a green card) for five years. If you are married to a U.S. citizen, you only need to have been a permanent resident for three years.
- Have been physically present in the United States for 30 months during the past five years (18 months if married to a U.S. citizen). You may not have made any trips outside the U.S. longer than six months.
- Have a basic knowledge of English and U.S. History/Civics (age exemptions are available for those who qualify).
- Be a person of good moral character.
- Submit an application (N-400 Application for Naturalization) with all supporting documentation.
- Receive a confirmation letter.
- Receive a Biometrics appointment. Get fingerprinted at a USCIS facility.
- Pass the interview and exam. You will have to answer questions about your application and complete a U.S. civics test. The interview and exam is in English, although age exemptions are available for the English requirement.
- Take the Oath of Allegiance. Congratulations, you are now a U.S. citizen!
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