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Naturalization and Citizenship

Naturalization is the process by which United States citizenship is conferred upon a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The general requirements for administrative naturalization include:

  • a period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States;
  • residence in a particular United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) District prior to filing;
  • an ability to read, write and speak English;
  • knowledge and understanding of United States history and government;
  • good moral character;
  • attachment to the principles of the United States Constitution; and
  • favorable disposition toward the United States

Note: Recent changes in immigration law and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) procedures now make it easier for United States military personnel to naturalize. All applicants for naturalization must demonstrate good moral character, attachment, and favorable disposition. The other naturalization requirements may be modified or waived for certain applicants, such as spouses of United States citizens.

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