Citizenship & Naturalization Facts

  • You must be at least 18 years old at the time of filing the application.
  • You must have held a green card for at least 4 years and 9 months (or 2 years and 9 months if you have been married to and living with a U.S. citizen during that time).
  • You must meet continuous residence and physical presence requirements.
  • You must be a person of good moral character.

Eligibility Checklist

  • Unlike green card holders, citizens do not have to renew their status because U.S. citizenship is permanent.

  • As a U.S. citizen, you can petition for green cards for your spouse, parent, children, and siblings.

  • U.S. citizens can vote in federal elections and run for office. They are also eligible for more benefits and employment opportunities than permanent residents.

  • U.S. citizens can benefit from traveling with a U.S. passport and can take long trips outside of the country, and even move to another country, while still maintaining U.S. citizenship.

Frequently Asked Questions on Citizenship & Naturalization.

Yes, all N-400 applicants are required to complete an interview with USCIS before your application can be approved and you are sworn in as a U.S. citizen. Our office can prepare you for your interview by explaining what to expect, practicing with a mock interview, and representing you at the interview itself.

Possibly! We’ve helped clients prove that they have not broken continuous residence even after they took a trip that lasted longer than 6 months, but less than one year, within the past 5 years.

There are certain exceptions to the English language requirement and our office has helped many clients navigate the process in their native language.

USCIS provides a study guide with the list of civics questions you should review. You could be eligible to waive the civics test requirement under certain circumstances.

If you don’t pass the civics test or English test on the first try, USICS will allow you to re-test one more time!

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