If a person wishes to become a United States citizen they must first meet certain requirements.
Be a Lawful Permanent Resident (green card holder) for 5 years: or 3 years if married to and residing with a US Citizen spouse.
Be 18 years old
Have spent at least half the past 5 years or 3 years if married to a US citizen physically within the United States
Have lived in the jurisdiction where you plan to file for at least 3 months
Demonstrate “good moral character” and an attachment to the principles of the US Constitution
Possess basic English skills and knowledge of the history and the government of the United States
Willing to take the Oath of Citizenship
People with certain ideological beliefs (Communism, Nazi, etc) , have deserted the US military, or have certain criminal charges may not be eligible for Naturalization
There are different rules for the naturalization of members of the US armed forces. If you are a permanent resident and a member of the US armed forces please contact the Law Office of Nancy H Parker for more information.
Certain minor children can obtain US citizenship based on the naturalization of their parents. A certificate of citizenship can be obtained as evidence of citizenship.
Derivative citizenship is automatically obtained when the following conditions are met:
At least one parent is a US citizen either by birth or naturalization
Child is under the age of 18
Child is a lawful permanent resident
Child lives in the legal and physical custody of the US citizen parent or parents