Find life experiences and swallow them whole. Exhaust yourself in the glorious pursuit of life.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Becoming a United States Citizen

There are many advantages of US Citizenship

  • Right to vote
  • Reunite with family in the US
  • Obtain citizenship for children born abroad 
  • Ability to travel into and outside of the US freely
  • Collect benefits
  • Become a federal employee
  • Become an elected official 

In order to be a US Citizen, you must meet certain requirements either at birth or after birth.

At Birth

  • Have been born in the US or in certain US territories that are subject to US jurisdiction.
  • Have parents who were legal US citizens at the time of your birth.

After Birth

  • Apply for derived citizenship through parents
  • Apply for naturalization 

-Must be 18 years or older
-Be a permanent resident for a certain length of time (Usually 5 years)
-Be a person of good, moral character
-Have a period of continued residence and physical presence in the US
-Be able to read, write and speak basic English (Some exceptions)
-Understand and be knowledgeable of basic US history, and US citizens' rights and responsibilities.

When to apply
When at least 18 years and have been a permanent resident of the US for

  1. 5 years
  2. 3 years and married to a US citizen
  3. While honorably serving for the US military for at least 1 year
How to apply
-File an application form N-400 Application for Naturalization 
-Submit supporting immigration and naturalization documents to prove that you meet residency and visa requirements

All information was found from sites below, visit for more information:
(UCIS  B3. Customer Guide - How do I apply for U.S. Citizenship?)


No comments:

Post a Comment