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Learn about the requirements for naturalization

Seeking naturalization in the United States is a dream for many immigrants. This process can end with you becoming a citizen of the U.S. if you meet all the requirements. There are many different ones that you must be aware of.

You must be a legal permanent resident here and have your I-551 card. You must have been in the U.S. for at least 30 months out of the past five years. It is sometimes possible for an exception if you can show that you didn't abandon your residence status.

You must be an adult who is at least 18 years old and able to declare that you will support the United States Constitution and the country. You will take an oath to prove this point. The oath of allegiance might be modified if there are specific conditions, such as a religious opposition to oaths.

You must have a good moral character. This means that you can't have been convicted of aggravated felonies or murder. Most people must have a period of five years of good moral character prior to the application. This is reduced for some military members and people married to U.S. citizens.

While some elderly individuals are exempt from having to speak English and pass a civics test, most individuals who want to become citizens will have to pass these tests. Some people with mental or physical impairments might also be able to bypass this requirement.

The path to citizenship isn't quick or easy. You must ensure that you are handling things properly each step of the way or you risk not being able to realize your dream.

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