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Establishing U.S. citizenship through naturalization

On Behalf of | Oct 14, 2022 | Immigration Law

When you come from another nation, but wish to live in Georgia or another part of the United States on a permanent basis, you first need to establish U.S. citizenship. Many people in your shoes choose to do so through a process known as naturalization.

Per U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, there are certain steps you must take in order to pursue U.S. citizenship through naturalization. You also have to meet certain eligibility terms before you may move forward.

Determining eligibility for citizenship through naturalization

You have to be a legal adult, meaning you are at least 18, before you may file your application for citizenship through naturalization. You also have to have lived in the United States as a lawful permanent resident for the past three or five years, depending on circumstances, and be someone of sound moral character. Furthermore, you need to maintain a continuous physical presence on U.S. soil if you wish to move forward with the process. You also have to show an ability to communicate in English and knowledge of U.S. history and government, among related eligibility requirements.

Understanding the steps involved

You have to pass English and Civics tests proving your knowledge in these areas if you wish to establish U.S. citizenship through naturalization. You also need to participate in an interview, demonstrate your loyalty to the principles outlined in the U.S. Constitution and take an Oath of Allegiance proclaiming as much.

When you are ready to file your application for citizenship, you have the option of doing so either online or on paper.