With the November elections sneaking up on us, it is important for many to remember to file for US citizenship now. Filing for citizenship can take months due to the actual paperwork process, background checks and interview process, therefore, if you or a loved one would like to be eligible to vote in the upcoming elections, now is the time to file.

Citizenship Eligibility

In order to be eligible for US citizenship through the naturalization process, you will need to meet certain criteria.

For legal permanent residents of at least 5 years they must:

  • Be 18 or older,
  • Be a legal permanent resident for at least 5 years immediately preceding filing for citizenship,
  • Have resided in the jurisdiction they are filing in for at least 3 months prior to filing the application,
  • Have continuous residence in the United States as a legal permanent resident for at least 5 years immediately preceding the date of the filing the application,
  • Be physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the 5 years immediately preceding the date of filing the application,
  • Have basic English skills,
  • Pass a U.S. history and government test, and
  • Be a person of good moral character.

For legal permanent residents married to US citizens, all the above requirements are the same except they must:

  •  Be a legal permanent resident for at least 3 years immediately preceding filing for citizenship,
  • Have continuous residence in the United States as a lawful permanent resident for at least 3 years immediately preceding the date of filing the application, and
  • Be physically present in the United States for at least 18 months out of the 3 years immediately preceding the date of filing the application.

To contact an immigration attorney in your area, click here.

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