US Visa Immigration Naturalization
What is the age requirement for naturalization?
The most basic requirement for naturalization is that the applicant must be at least 18 years old.
What are the residency requirements for naturalization?
There are a number of requirements related to residency in the US that must be satisfied for naturalization. In most cases, the applicant must:
1. have continuously resided in the US for five years after becoming a permanent resident (three years if married to a US citizen).
2. Have at least half of the permanent residency time must have been spent physically in the US.
3. Tthe applicant must have lived for at least three months in the jurisdiction where the application will be filed
What additional requirements must be met to naturalize?
The applicant must demonstrate good moral character and an attachment to the principles embodied in the US Constitution. Finally, they must possess basic English skills and knowledge of the history and government of the US.
My Naturalization Story
I became a permanent resident of the United States in 2001 on a EB-1 Visa (alien of Extra-Ordinary Ability). I wanted very much to become a US Citizen and waited for the day very patiently. In July of 2006 I had my interview at the Charleston, SC immigration center. The interview was very informal and I was told to my delight that I would be “sworn in” later that same day. The swearing-in ceremony was a wonderful and joyous event and I felt like I had graduated from the whole United States Immigration process when I was handed my naturalization certificate. I am now the proud holder of a US passport and I can now vote, travel freely and say thank you to my family for helping me through the process.
- Mark J. Devine