What does it mean to be a citizen?

When you become a U.S. citizen, you get access to all rights found in the constitution. There are two ways to become a citizen, by naturalization or birth. Becoming a citizen by birth is pretty self explanatory, and is the easiest way to be granted citizenship. Naturalization is a bit more complicated.

Naturalization is a legal action that grants citizenship to a legal alien. The process includes multiple applications to submit and tests. These tests cover speaking, reading, writing, and basic information on the U.S. government. An interview with a USCIS officer is also required for naturalization.

Naturalization Requirements

In order to complete naturalization, there are a few requirements that must be met. These include:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a permanent resident for at least 5 years
  • Live at the state you are applying at for at least 3 months
  • Be able to read, write and speak English
  • Have an understanding of the U.S. government

Naturalization Tests

In order to complete naturalization you must take a test with 100 questions about the U.S. government. The test covers: Principles of American Democracy, Systems of Government, Rights and Responsibilities, the Colonial Period and Independence, the 1800s, American History, Geography, Symbols, and Holidays.