Before you apply for naturalization, you must meet a few requirements. Depending on your situation, there are different requirements that may apply to you. However, generally, an applicant for naturalization must:
- Be 18 years old or older at the time of filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
- Be a lawful permanent resident (have a “green card”).
- Demonstrate continuous permanent residence in the United States for at least 5 years (or 3 years if you are married to a U.S. citizen.)
- Show that you have been physically present in the United States for 30 months (or 8 months if you are married to a U.S. citizen.)
- Show that you have lived for at least 3 months in the state or USCIS district where you claim residence.
- Have good moral character.
- Speak, read, and write basic English and have an understanding of U.S. history and government (civics).
Before applying for naturalization please keep in mind that if you have a parent that was a U.S. citizen, either by birth or naturalization, before you turned 18 years old, you may have a claim to automatic citizenship.
Important! You may have issues obtaining naturalization if:
- You have a criminal record.
- You have ever failed to file an income tax return since becoming a legal permanent resident.
- If you have unpaid federal, state, or local taxes
- You have unpaid child support
- You have taken a trip outside of the United States that lasted more than 6 months since becoming a legal permanent resident.
To discuss your eligibility for naturalization or automatic citizenship, please call our office at 313-251-8282 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment from this website.