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What is required before applying for naturalization?

| Jan 6, 2021 | naturalization & citizenship

The process of becoming a U.S. citizen encompasses several steps including naturalization. This portion includes a test to assess your understanding of the language, history and civic responsibility of being a citizen of the United States of America.

Before you receive approval to take the naturalization test, you must first pass a list of requirements. Knowing these requirements can help you to complete each task with confidence.

Preparing for success

The more prepared you are for taking the naturalization test the higher your chances of receiving approval. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, some of the requirements you must complete include the following:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the English language including reading, writing and speaking
  • Have possessed a legitimate green card for at least 5 years
  • Be at least 18-years-old at the time of application
  • Demonstrate strong moral character
  • Possess an understanding of the U.S. Constitution and its values

The next step

The naturalization test comprises two portions: English and civics. Under some circumstances, you can bypass this portion of the test. You have two opportunities to pass each portion of the test. Depending on your situation, you may need to wait 60 to 90 days for a retake.

Once you pass the naturalization test you will receive information about a special citizenship ceremony. On this special occasion, you will have the opportunity to participate with others in taking the Oath of Allegiance which is the last step to complete before you are officially a citizen of the United States. Working with a legal professional throughout the naturalization process can help make sure you do not overlook any important steps along the way.