The Basics of Naturalization

Shay Roberson

What is Naturalization?

Naturalization is the legal process through which a foreign citizen or national can become a U.S. citizen.

Who is Eligible?

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) states that applicants for naturalization must be at least eighteen , a lawful permanent resident of the United States, resident and physically present in the United States for at least five years at the time of application, of good character.

A Guide to Naturalization; Completing Your Application

Taking the Oath of Allegiance

  • Receive a ceremony date.
  • Check in at the ceremony.
  • Return your Permanent Resident Card.
  • Answer questions about what you have been doing since your interview.
  • Take the oath of allegiance.

Legal Help with the Naturalization Process

Successfully naturalizing in the United States requires an understanding of the steps you have to go through and being prepared. If you are considering becoming a U.S. citizen through naturalization, you should contact an experienced immigration attorney who can guide you through each step of the process and protect your legal rights.