A Lawful Permanent Resident (“LPR”) or “Green Card Holder” can become a U.S. citizen through naturalization if they generally meet certain requirements.
- LPR Status/ Green Card Holder Status. You must be an LPR/ Green Card Holder at the time of filing for naturalization. You must have also maintained their LPR/ Green Card Holder status without any prolonged trips outside the United States which could disrupt residency.
- Age Requirement. Generally, you must be at least 18 years of age at the time of filing for naturalization.
- Continuous Residency. You must have continuously resided in the United States as an LPR/ Green Card Holder for a specified period of time. Certain exceptions such as being the spouse of a U.S. citizen regularly stationed abroad may apply.
- Good Moral Character. You must demonstrate good moral character during your LPR/ Green Card Holder residency period. You should not have committed any crimes or engaged in other actions that may have negatively impacted your moral character.
- English Language Proficiency. You must be able to read, write and speak basic English.
- Knowledge of U.S. Government and History. You will be required to take a civics exam as part of your naturalization interview. The civics exam will test your knowledge on basic U.S. government and history.
- Attachment to the Constitution. You must be willing to support and defend the Constitution and be willing to take up arms in defense of the Constitution.
- Oath of Allegiance. You must take an oath of allegiance to the United States during the naturalization ceremony.
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