If it has been at least 5 years for you as a green card holder, you may apply for citizenship via naturalization. Below are the eligibility criteria for green card holders of at least 5 years to apply for naturalization:
- You must be a green card holder for at least five years
- You must be at least 18 years of age when applying for naturalization
- The applicant must have lived in the state (or USCIS district with dominion over the applicant’s home) for at least three months before applying for naturalization
- If you are a student, you may apply for citizenship via naturalization no matter where you study or where your family lives (in case you are reliant on your family)
- The applicant must be a lawful permanent resident of the US for at least five years just before applying for naturalization
- The applicant must have lived in the US for at least 30 months in the last five years at the time of filing the application for naturalization
- You must continuously live in US from the time of applying for the naturalization until naturalization has been granted
- The applicant must be proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English
- The applicant must be knowledgeable about the US values, history, government, and culture
- You must have a good moral character, abide by the provisions of the US Constitution, and respect and follow the laws of the United States
The requirements listed above help determine whether the applicant has started to assimilate with the American community and whether he/she seriously desires to live in the US. If you meet all of these criteria, it indicates you honestly want to become a US citizen.
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