Many people are very interested in naturalization. Naturalization affords you the right to vote, affords you the right to get sorted benefits that you can’t get as a prominent resident. They also will allow you to leave the country for greater than six months.
To be eligible for naturalization, you have to have been in the United States for five years or three years if you’re married to a United States citizen. You can’t have left the country more than half of the time. Any trip outside of the United States for greater than six months can trigger a presumption that you’ve abandoned your residence for that year. You have to add the time that you’ve been out of the United States.
You will also have to be a person of good moral character for the entire period up through the naturalization interview. When you are called for an interview which is fairly quickly right now, generally about five months, you need to put together all of your materials.
You have to bring five years of tax returns with you if you’re married to a United States citizen. If you’ve ever been arrested, you would need to bring an original certificate of disposition. If you’re married to a United States citizen, you have to bring proof that you cohabit for those three years.
At the interview, they’re going to ask you several questions. They will go over your interview. They will ask you civics questions. Generally they ask you 10 questions from a list of 100 that you can study. They also are going to test your ability in English. They are going to give you several sentences to write and you have to obviously be able to speak English during your interview process.
There are groups of people who have resided in the United States for long periods who can be exempt from English and the foreign language requirement. It’s a huge benefit to get your citizenship and many countries now accept dual citizenship. If you need help with the naturalization process, please feel free to call our office. We would be happy to assist you.