Are you eligible for U.S. citizenship?

On Behalf of | Apr 16, 2021 | Blog, Immigration |

Texas immigrants who are looking to become naturalized citizens of the United States will need to ensure that they are eligible to do so. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, known more commonly as USCIS, sets the standards for eligibility. While there are many different exceptions to the eligibility requirements, it’s important to understand what the basic requirements are.

You’ll need to have your permanent residence card

In order to obtain U.S. citizenship, you’ll need to have an existing permanent residence card. This is often called a green card or alien registration card. Only those who have had their permanent residence card for at least 3 years are capable of applying for naturalization. Anyone under 3 years will have to wait to apply for full citizenship. Anyone that has had a green card between three and five years may apply for naturalization in the event that they have a spouse that is a U.S. citizen. In addition, applying for naturalization requires that you’re at least 18 years old.

Basic English skills

Another major eligibility requirement in order to obtain citizenship in the United States is that you must be able to read, speak and write basic English. All tests that you take regarding naturalization will be done in English. You also need to have knowledge of the fundamentals of United States history and the principles of the United States government. You’ll need to pass a test regarding these topics in order to be eligible for naturalization.

As an immigrant in the United States, one thing that you may want to do is become naturalized. It’s important to realize that this is a big investment both financially and mentally as you’ll need to pass various tests. It’s always advisable to get an attorney to help you along the way to set yourself up for the best chance of achieving your goal.