Become a Citizen!

As a U.S. citizen, you will be able to:

  • 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.

In order to be eligible for U.S. citizenship, you must:

  • 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.


  1. Submit an application (N-400 Application for Naturalization) with all supporting documentation.
  2. Receive a confirmation letter.
  3. Receive a Biometrics appointment. Get fingerprinted at a USCIS facility.
  4. 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.
  5. Take the Oath of Allegiance. Congratulations, you are now a U.S. citizen!

Want to learn about immigrants who have gone through the citizenship process? 
Read about their stories

Are you ready? 
Contact a citizenship promoter near you today!