Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
In order to qualify for Naturalization, the foreign citizen must:
Have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years and meet all other eligibility requirements, or Have been a permanent resident for 3 years or more and meet all eligibility requirements to file as a spouse of a U.S. citizen, or Have qualifying service in the U.S. armed forces and meet all other eligibility requirements.
In addition, your child may qualify for naturalization if you are a U.S. citizen, the child was born outside the U.S., the child is currently residing outside the U.S., and all other eligibility requirements are met.
You may also qualify through other paths to naturalization if you do not qualify through the paths described above. Please contact us for more information.
Note: You may already be a U.S. citizen and not need to apply for naturalization if your biological or adoptive parents became a U.S. citizen before you reached the age of 18. For more information, please contact our office.