Naturalization is the process which foreign born individuals use to become U.S. citizens. Non-citizens who seek to naturalize must first become a lawful permanent resident prior to applying for naturalization.
The general requirements for naturalization include:
- a period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States;
- residence in a particular state prior to filing;
- an ability to read, write and speak English;
- a basic knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government;
- good moral character;
- attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution; and,
- favorable disposition toward the United States.
All naturalization applicants must demonstrate good moral character within the required statutory period and must meet all other statutory requirements for naturalization. Non-citizens with criminal convictions may be subject to grounds of inadmissibility and may not be able to demonstrate good moral character for the purpose of naturalization. Prior to filing for naturalization, non-citizens should consult with an experienced immigration attorney to determine eligibility for citizenship. Our office can assist you with the application process and an experienced attorney from Anthony Drago, Jr., P.C. will attend your naturalization interview with you. Please call our office for a free consultation to discuss the naturalization process.