US Citizenship and Immigration — Naturalization Services for the United States of America
Citizenship is one of the most coveted gifts that the U.S. government can bestow, and the most important immigration benefit that USCIS can grant. Most people become U.S. citizens in one of two ways:
In addition, in 2000, Congress passed the Child Citizenship Act (CCA), which allows any child under the age of 18 who is adopted by a U.S. citizen and immigrates to the United States to acquire immediate citizenship.
Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is conferred upon a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The general requirements for administrative naturalization include:
All naturalization applicants must demonstrate good moral character, attachment, and favorable disposition. The other naturalization requirements may be modified or waived for certain applicants, such as spouses of U.S. citizens. Applicants should review the materials listed under “Useful Information” and carefully read the N-400 application instructions before applying.
Note: Recent changes in immigration law and USCIS procedures now make it easier for U.S. military personnel to naturalize.
Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is conferred upon a foreign national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by the government. U.S. Citizenship holds several advantages to Permanent Residency:
Basic Residency Requirements
If Permanent Residency was acquired through U.S. employment, the requirements for naturalization are as follows:
If Permanent Residency was acquired through marriage to a U.S. Citizen, the requirements for naturalization are as follows:
Other General Requirements Summary
In addition to the residency requirements listed above, the following requirements apply to all naturalization applicants:
Taking the Oath of Allegiance
If USCIS approves your application for naturalization, you must attend a ceremony and take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States. USCIS will notify you by mail of the time and date of your ceremony. The notice USCIS sends you is called the “Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony”. In some cases, USCIS may give you the option to take the Oath on the same day as your interview.
Currently the Oath is as follows:
I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen;
that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic;
that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;
that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law;
that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law;
that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.
Receiving your Certificate of Naturalization
Once you have taken the Oath, you will receive your Certificate of Naturalization. You may use this document as proof that you are a U.S. citizen. We strongly recommend that you apply for a U.S. passport soon after your naturalization ceremony.
For more information contact our office at 1.800.437.7313