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What are the eligibility requirements for naturalization?

The process of becoming eligible to be considered for naturalization in California is a unique method that allows you to prepare for permanent residency in the United States. If followed properly, you can simultaneously learn about America and become accustomed to the culture, as well as gradually meet the formal requirements that are listed as part of your quest to be granted permanent residency. 

Understanding the requirements is imperative to your ability to expedite the process of becoming a U.S. citizen. With a solid understanding of what is expected of you, you can maximize your time and resources in seeing that you are able to meet each requirement. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, some of the requirements you must meet include the following:

  • You must possess the ability to read and write, as well as speak English and have a general understanding of the history of the United States.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.  
  • You must have a legally functioning green card that is not expired. 
  • You have lived in the U.S. for at least 5 years and in the jurisdiction of your application for at least three months prior to its filing. 
  • You can demonstrate that you maintain the values and characteristics of a good person. 
  • You plan to stay in the U.S. consistently until your naturalization application is processed and you are granted permanent residency. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 


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