Naturalization is the process of becoming a US citizen. Through this process, those born outside of the United States who are currently legal permanent residents (green card holders) are granted US citizenship. To apply for naturalization, you must meet the requirements set by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act. To be eligible for US naturalization, the general requirements are:
Before you apply for naturalization, you should make sure first that you are not already a US citizen. You may have acquired US citizenship by birth abroad, in certain circumstances, if you were born to a US citizen parent. Or you may have derived US citizenship in certain situations if your parent naturalized before you turned 18.
Before you begin the naturalization process, you can use our Naturalization Eligibility Tool and answer some basic questions to see if you may be eligible. The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Please note that this tool does not determine eligibility for naturalization. Please speak with a qualified immigration lawyer before taking action.