Generally, to be eligible for naturalization you must:

  • Be age 18 or older; and
  • Be a permanent resident for a certain amount of time (usually 5 years or 3 years, depending on how you obtained status); and
  • Be a person of good moral character; and
  • Have a basic knowledge of U.S. government (this, too, can be excepted due to permanent physical or mental impairment); and
  • Have a period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States; and
  • Be able to read, write, and speak basic English. There
    are exceptions to this rule for someone who at the time of filing:

    • –  Is 55 years old and has been a permanent resident for at least 15 years; or
    • –  Is 50 years old and has been a permanent resident for at least 20 years; or
  • –  Has a permanent physical or mental impairment that makes the individual unable to fulfill these requirements.When can I apply for naturalization?You may be able to apply for naturalization if you are at least 18 years of age and have been a permanent resident of the United States:• For at least 5 years; or• For at least 3 years during which time you have been, and continue to be, married to and living in a marriage relationship with your U.S. citizen husband or wife; or• Have honorable service in the U.S. military.

    Certain spouses of U.S. citizens and/or members of the military may be able to file for naturalization sooner than noted ab over. Contact us for more information