|NATURALIZATION / CITIZENSHIP
To be able to vote, hold public office, or
serve on a jury, a person must be a United States citizen.
Citizenship may be acquired in one of two ways; either as a
natural citizen or a naturalized
citizen. Those who obtain their citizenship at birth
are referred to as natural citizens, while those who become
citizens at some time after their birth are referred to as
The process by which people from
foreign countries become U.S. citizens is called naturalization.
There are three steps in this process:
File an application on form N-400.
Take a naturalization examination.
Participate in an Oath Ceremony
Not everyone, however, is eligible to become a naturalized
U.S. citizen. A person must meet certain
Be at least 18 years old
A lawful permanent resident for five years
You have been a permanent resident for 3 years or more and
meet all eligibility requirements to file as a spouse of a
You have qualifying service in the U.S. armed forces and
meet all other eligibility requirements.
Your child may qualify for naturalization if you are a U.S.
citizen, the child was born outside the U.S., the child is
currently residing outside the U.S., and all other
eligibility requirements are met.
A person of good moral character
Be able to understand, read, write, and speak basic English
Possess a basic understanding of United States government
Be willing to take an oath of allegiance to the United