Benefits of Naturalization
You are given the right to vote
You can apply for a U.S. passport
You can receive U.S. Government protection and assistance when abroad
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Requirements for Naturalization
You must be at least 18 years old.
Lawfully Admitted to the U.S.
You must be lawfully admitted for permanent residence and be legally accorded the privilege of residing permanently in the U.S. for at least:
Five years before applying for naturalization
Three years, if you are married to, and are living with the same U.S. citizen, before applying for naturalization
Physical Presence in the U.S.
You must have resided for at least:
Thirty months in the U.S. during the previous five years (18 months during the previous three years for spouses of U.S. citizens) preceding your application for naturalization
Three months in the USCIS district where you are filing your application for naturalization
Note: Your time as a permanent resident begins on the date you were granted permanent resident status. This date is on your permanent resident card (formerly known as Alien Registration Card). You will have to produce Form I-551, alien registration receipt card, as proof of your status.
Good Moral Character
You must prove that you have been a person of good moral character for the last five years (three years if married to a U.S. citizen, and one year if armed forces expedite).
Ability to Read, Write and Speak English
You must be able to read, write, speak, and understand words in ordinary usage in the English language. You may claim exempt from this requirement if, on the date of filing:
You have been residing in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident for 15 years or more, and are over 55 years of age
You have been residing in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident for 20 years or more, and are over 50 years of age, or
You have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment, where the impairment affects your ability to learn English