How To Become a Naturalized U.S. Citizen

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United States citizenship is not only an honor and responsibility, it confers certain benefits on its possessor. Under the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, all persons born on U.S. soil or born to a U.S. citizen, are automatically granted citizenship in the U.S. For those born outside of U.S. territory and to non-citizen parents, citizenship is obtained through the process of naturalization. For more information about this process, please continue reading, then contact an immigration lawyer skilled in U.S. citizenship and naturalization law today.

How does one become a naturalized citizen of the United States?

For an applicant to obtain United States citizenship through naturalization, he or she must:

  • Be legally competent and have reached the age of 18 years
  • Have the minimum ability to speak English and have a minimal knowledge of United States history
  • Have “good moral character”
  • Have been admitted for permanent residence in the United States
  • Have satisfied a five-year residency requirement and, of those five years, been a resident, for at least three months, in the state or district where the application has been filed
  • Make an oath of allegiance to the United States, and
  • Demonstrate an attachment to the United States Constitution and favorable disposition to the good order and happiness of the United States

Do the children of naturalized citizens automatically obtain United States citizenship?

When or both parents become naturalized United States citizens, an individual may automatically obtain citizenship, but only under certain circumstances. The time period of when the parents were naturalized and the child’s age and marital status at the time of the parents’ naturalization will determine whether or not the individual will be granted automatic naturalization.

What happens at the naturalization ceremony?

At your naturalization ceremony, you will have to swear an Oath declaring that, as a new citizen of the United States, you will:

  • Support and defend the values of the laws and Constitution of the United States against its enemies
  • Give up your allegiance to any other foreign states, nations or sovereigns, and
  • Renounce your hereditary or noble titles, if any.

Though each case will vary, naturalization ceremonies are approximately thirty to forty minutes long.

How do you prove your naturalized citizenship?

You must apply for and receive a document confirming your status as a United States citizen in order to establish a legitimate claim. With that in mind, the following documents are recognized as proof of citizenship:

  • U.S. passport
  • Certificate of citizenship
  • Certificate of consular registration at birth

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