Handling the Naturalization Process
Want to Become a Naturalized Citizen in San Jose?
If you are interested in attaining citizenship, you must go through the
naturalization process. There are many steps involved in this process
which can be very complicated to approach on your own. In order to become
a naturalized US citizen, there are certain requirements which you must
fulfill. You should explore your options with the help of a San Jose immigration
attorney from Verma Law Firm.
The requirements involved in the naturalization process are discussed in
Lawful entry as permanent resident: You must have been admitted to the US on a Permanent Status prior to becoming
eligible for American citizenship.
- Continuous residence: Naturalization requires continuous residence in the
U.S. for at least five years prior to filing a petition for naturalization.
This requirement is shortened to three years for a spouse of citizens.
Physical presence: You must be physically present in the U.S. for at least half of the period
(two and a half years) of continuous residence.
- Read, write, and speak English: You must be able to read, write and speak
ordinary English in order to be eligible for naturalization. The USCIS
examiner tests this ability when the Alien takes the examination for naturalization.
- Knowledge of U.S. history, understanding of fundamentals of U.S. government:
To test this ability, the examiner asks questions about U.S. history and
government at the time of interview. Normally, you are asked around six
to ten questions from a list of 100 questions.
- Good moral character: All naturalization applicants must comply with this
requirement, without exception. You must demonstrate good moral character
during your time of continuous residence.
- Age requirement:You must be at least 18 years of age at the time you file
a petition for naturalization. There are some exceptions to this requirement,
such as for the children of an alien who can be naturalized with their parents.
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