Foreign nationals who live as legal permanent residents in the US for five years may be eligible to apply for US citizenship. This process, known as naturalization, includes many important steps.
- The immigrant must be able to demonstrate the ability to read, write and speak English.
- Must be able to pass a US history and civics exam.
- The immigrant also must be of “good moral character.”
Certain types of criminal convictions may make an immigrant ineligible for citizenship & deportable. It is very important to prepare for the naturalization process and truthfully complete the application process. Any material misrepresentations during the process may result in removal proceedings(also called deportation).