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Naturalization

If a person wishes to become a United States citizen they must first meet certain requirements.

Citizenship through Naturalization Application 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

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Citizenship though Military Service

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.

Derivative Citizenship

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