Coming to America means so many different things to immigrants currently residing in the nation. For some, it is a life long dream to come to the United States for school or a career. For others, it means a better chance for their family. And for some, it means escaping a very challenging and dire situation. Whatever the reason is, when foreign nationals seek to remain in the U.S. and become a citizen, there are steps that need to be taken.
What is the path to citizenship? To begin, there are three common ways to become a U.S. citizen. The first is when a green card holder is married to a U.S. citizen. The next is when a green card holder is in the military or their family is. The final way is by obtaining citizenship through one’s parents.
One must be eligible to seek citizenship. This means meeting the set requirements. This includes being a green card holder for at least five years, be at least 18 years of age, have lived in the state he or she is applying in for at least three months prior to filing, have continuously lived in the U.S. as a green card holder for at least 5 years immediately preceding the application filing, resides continuously from the date of application until the time of naturalization and be able to read, write, and speak English and also have knowledge of U.S. history and its government. It is also required that an applicant be a person of good moral character.
While it may seem like a simple process for those meeting these requirements when seeking naturalization, it can be a lengthy and complex preprocess. Thus, it is important to have any questions answered and guidance where needed. This can help move the process and help protect his or her rights.