Some people born outside of the U.S. can apply for U.S. citizenship. There are a number of ways a person not born in the U.S. can qualify for U.S. citizenship, like having a biological or adoptive parent who is a U.S. citizen. But most foreign born people become U.S. citizens through a process called Naturalization.
Naturalization under U.S. immigration law requires the applicant to have been living in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) for a certain number of years, be able to read and write in English, and be a person of good moral character. The applicant, generally, must not have committed any crimes, made any false claims of U.S. citizenship, or voted in U.S. elections.
If you have been a green card holder for at least five years and have been continuously residing in the U.S. for 30 months within the five year period, and meet the other criteria above, then you could be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship.
If you are married to and living with a U.S. citizen for at least three years and have been a green card holder for at least three years, as well as meeting the English language and good moral character requirements then you too can apply for U.S. citizenship.
Members and veterans of the U.S. armed forces, and their dependents may be eligible for citizenship under special provisions of law. The U.S. government also offers a path to citizenship for the immediate relatives of U.S. armed forces members who die as a result of combat while in an active duty status. These relatives may be eligible for certain “survivor” immigration benefits, including citizenship.
No matter how you qualify to apply for naturalization, each applicant will have to pass a test to demonstrate their Knowledge of the English language, knowledge of U.S. government and history (civics), and will also have to demonstrate their attachment to the United States by taking an Oath of Allegiance to the U.S. Constitution.
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