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At Kasturi Law, LLC, our Illinois-based national immigration law attorney and law firm founder, Shobhana Kasturi, is a first-generation immigrant whose family successfully migrated to the United States decades ago. Since then, she has committed her legal practice to helping others successfully navigate the journey.

Naturalization in the United States is how a foreign or national can become a U.S. citizen. To be eligible for naturalization, an applicant must meet specific requirements set forth by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Here, we discuss the essential eligibility criteria.

The Eligibility Criteria for Naturalization in U.S

What Makes Someone Eligible for Naturalization in the United States?

Generally, the applicant must be at least 18 when applying and must have been a lawful permanent resident (possessing a Green Card) for a specific period, typically five years. There are exceptions for spouses of U.S. citizens and members of the U.S. military.

In addition, the applicant must:

  • Have been physically present in the United States for a certain period, typically at least half of the required residency period.
  • Have resided in the United States as a lawful permanent resident for a certain period, usually without significant breaks.
  • Demonstrate good moral character, which generally means avoiding certain criminal activities and showing honesty and integrity.
  • Demonstrate the ability to speak, read, and write basic English, with certain exceptions for applicants who are elderly or have specific disabilities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of U.S. civics and history by passing a civics test.
  • Take an oath of allegiance to the United States, affirming their commitment to its principles and laws.

Do You Need Help Understanding the U.S. Naturalization Process? Kasturi Law Can Help.

At Kasturi Law, LLC, our immigration practice is driven by the desire to give a voice to those who most need it, including those pursuing the U.S. naturalization process.

Contact our immigration law firm today to schedule a consultation that suits your needs.

Whether you prefer an in-person meeting, a phone call, or a Zoom session, we are here to accommodate you. You can even schedule a consultation directly using our online calendar, choosing between 30-minute or 60-minute timeframes. We value your time and want to ensure that your immigration questions receive the attention they deserve, helping you confidently move forward.