What is naturalization and who is eligible?

There are a large number of benefits for those who hold US citizenship and for those who weren’t born citizens there are ways to attain it.

The process for immigrants who seek to become US citizens is known as naturalization. While each person’s situation is unique, there are some general guidelines for eligibility.

To be naturalized, prospective citizens must be 18 years old when they file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization,

Applicants must be a permanent resident in the US for at least five years before filing N-400, which typically means having a green card. In addition, applicants must have lived in the US for five years immediately before applying and they most have been physically in the country for 30 months out of those five years.

It is also required that those seeking to become naturalized are able to read, speak and write basic English, have a general understanding of American history and have good moral character.

Finally, prospective citizens must “demonstrate an attachment to the principles and ideals of the US Constitution,” according to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Individuals should be sure to look into what will specifically be required of them during the naturalization process.