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Requirements for applying for U.S. Citizenship
U.S. Citizenship Requirements
You are either born a U.S. Citizen or you may apply to be a citizen through a process called naturalization. Under some circumstances, you may be a U.S. citizen without knowing it. For example, if you were born abroad and one of your parents was a U.S. citizen you may be a citizen by just applying for it. If you weren’t born a U.S. citizen and need to apply for it, as I did, the U.S. citizenship requirements are:
- Be 18 years or older.
- Be a Legal Permanent Resident for 5 years (or 3 if you are married to a U.S. Citizen (USC)).
- Have been in the U.S. for 30 months in the 5 years (60 months) before you apply ( or if you are married to a USC then 18 months in the last 3 years (36 months)).
- Not have taken a trip for 12 months or longer during the last 5 years (or three years if married to a USC).
- Have lived in the State or district for the 3 months before you applied.
- Be able to read, write, and speak basic English.
- Know the fundamentals of U.S. history and the form and principles of U.S. government (Civics).
- Be a person of Good Moral Character.
- Not be in default for any prior years of back taxes.
- Have signed up for selective service if you are a man between 18 and 26 years old (for possible service in the U.S. armed forces).
- Be willing to support the U.S. constitution, to perform civilian or military service if required, and be willing to take the oath of allegiance to the U.S.