Citizenship Through Naturalization

If you are inelgible for automatic U.S. Citizenship through parents, you may still become eligible through the process called Naturalization.

There are many benefits, rights, and privileges of being a United States Citizen:

• Derecho al voto
• Right to Vote
• Right to Serve in Public Office (excludes Vice President and President, unless you are Barack Obama)
• Freedom to Travel
• Automatic Citizenship for children under eighteen
• Ability to help other family members with Visas

Naturalization Eligibility
Are you eligible to become a United States Citizen? The following information provides an idea about what it takes to become a Naturalized Citizen.

•Residency: To qualify for naturalization you must first become a Permanent Resident and then reside in the United States for at least five years continuously (three years if you are married to a U.S. Citizen). You may come and go during this period, but you must be physically present in the United States for at least 51% of this time.

•Age: You must be at least eighteen years old. Parents may apply on behalf of minor children. The five year residency requirement usually does not apply.

•Basic Literacy: In addition to being able to read, write, speak and understand basic English, you must pass an exam that demonstrates your knowlegde and understanding of basic United States civics, including history, politics, and basic government structure and principles.

•Sound Moral Character: Demonstrate your good moral character by staying out of trouble. Volunteer with charitable organizations. Get involved with your community to help make it a better place.

•The Constitution: Be committed to the United States like our founding fathers were by embracing the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, understanding and appreciating the sacrifices countless men, women, and children made on your behalf so that you can enjoy life, liberty, and freedom.

•Pledge Allegiance and Bear Arms: You must take an oath and pledge your allegiance and commitment to the United States of America, support our Constitution, and be willing to take up arms and defend our country if necessary.

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