What is naturalization?
Naturalization is the process through which a green card holder or lawful permanent resident applies to become a citizen of the United States. Once a person naturalizes, then he or she has all the rights of that of a United States citizen.

Can I naturalize?
In order to naturalize, certain requirements must be met. Generally, these requirements are:

  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of filing for naturalization;
  • Be a permanent resident for at least five years (if married to a U.S. citizen, then three years!);
  • Show that you have lived for at least three months in the state or USCIS district where you apply;
  • Demonstrate continuous residence in the United States for at least five years immediately preceding the date of filing for naturalization;
  • Show that you have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the five years immediately preceding the date of filing for naturalization;
  • Be able to read, write, and speak basic English (with some exceptions);
  • Have a basic understanding of U.S. history and government; and
  • Be a person of good moral character

    These are general requirements. Each individual case is different and may include different requirements.

    Although there are not many requirements for the naturalization process, it is very important to seek advice from an experienced immigration attorney. If you have committed certain crimes while being a green card holder and you apply for naturalization, then you can potentially be put into removal proceedings based upon said crime.


    It is very important to get expert immigration advice when dealing with the naturalization process. This process can get complex and could result in severe consequences. et Hall & Dixon immigration attorneys review your file and make sure that you are eligible for naturalization, and also, to protect your rights to stay in the United States. Call or text Hall & Dixon immigration attorneys at 704-993-6825 for a FREE consultation today!

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