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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:
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.