The naturalization process for spouses of US citizens

There are a number of ways for people to embark on the naturalization process with one of the most common being by being married to a US citizen.

Section 319(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) states that those who have been a permanent resident of the US for three years and have been married to the same American citizen during that period may be eligible for naturalization.

There are some general eligibility requirements that one must meet in order to qualify for the naturalization process and they include: being at least 18 years old, living in the same state or administrative district for three months prior to filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, being able to speak, read and write English and having a good understanding of US civics and the constitution.

In addition, people applying for naturalization must be of “good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the United States during all relevant periods under the law,” according to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.