Citizenship & Naturalization
Citizenship is the common thread that connects all Americans.
Citizenship offers many benefits and equally important responsibilities.
When you become a citizen you may:
- Serve on a jury
- Travel with U.S. passport
- Bring family members to the U.S.
- Obtain citizenship for children under 18 years of age
- Apply for federal jobs
- Become an elected official
- Keep your residency
- Become eligible for federal grants and scholarships, and some other benefits that are only available for U.S. Citizens.
You may apply for naturalization.
If you are at least 18 years of age, are a permanent resident of the U.S., have been a permanent resident for more than 5 years. During the last five years, you have not taken a trip out of the United States that lasted one year or more, you have resided in the district or state in which you are applying for citizenship for the last three months, you can read and write basic English and know the fundamentals of U.S. history and the form and principles of the U.S. government.
Or if you a Permanent Resident for the past three to five years and also you are married to, and living with, a U.S. citizen, been married to that U.S. citizen for at least the past three years, your spouse has been a U.S. citizen for at least the past three years and during the past three years, and have not been out of the country for 18 months or more.