Naturalization is the process of obtaining U.S. citizenship by individuals not born within the United States. U.S. citizenship can be attained by legal residents who have fulfilled certain requirements, including (but not limited to):
- Legal residency for a period of several years (3 years if you are married to a U.S. citizen; 5 years if you are single)
- 18 years of age
- Upstanding moral character
- Ability to read, speak, and write English
- Knowledge of U.S. history and government
If you meet the eligibility requirements, you must submit an Application for Naturalization, Form N-400,to begin the naturalization process.