Apply For U.S. Citizenship
Naturalized U.S. Citizens enjoy the full benefits and protections under
U.S. law and all the privileges of our country. To become eligible to
naturalize, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) of the United States need
to have held such status for five years or three years (if married to
a U.S. citizen); at that time, LPRs may submit naturalization applications
to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
LPRs must prove that they are persons of "good moral character,"
that they are not disqualified due to certain criminal convictions, that
they have an understanding of U.S. history and the English language, and
that they have met certain physical presence and residency requirements
in order to obtain citizenship. However, some applicants for citizenship
may be exempt from the English/Civics requirements if they are disabled,
and/or meet certain age and residency requirements.
To review the USCIS’s requirements for obtaining citizenship, visit
For study guides and other resources for preparing for the citizenship
Astrid Longwood is an Associate with the Federal Practice Group
focusing on immigration matters. Please note the information in this column
is not intended as legal advice nor constitutes a guarantee, warranty,
or prediction regarding the outcome of any legal matter.
To schedule a consultation to review your naturalization case, call (888)