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What is required to become a naturalized U.S. citizen?

You made the commitment to forsake all you were familiar with in order to pursue your dreams of a better life here in North Carolina. Now that you made the journey to come to America, you may also wish to one day become a naturalized U.S. citizen. It may be helpful to review the necessary requirements to apply for citizenship?

While there are other methods to become a citizen, one of the most common ways is through first securing a green card. After possessing a valid visa for five years, it may be possible to pursue the process of naturalization. There are several requirements that you will have to meet. Beyond possessing a valid green card for at least five years, you must also have been physically residing in the country for 30 of the 60 months prior to the time that you formally file for citizenship.

You must also have resided in the district from which you have applied for the 90 days prior to filing your application. You must also be at least 18 years old and have the ability to read, write and speak enough English to effectively communicate and understand the history and civics portions of the test required for successfully completing the process. Additionally, you are required to be in agreement with the United States Constitution and to be considered a person of sound morals and judgment.

While there are other requirements, you must also be living in the states throughout the naturalization process. There are multiple paths to obtaining your goals of becoming a U.S. citizen, and these guidelines apply for many hopeful citizens. If you are seeking this path for yourself, there are immigration law professionals in North Carolina that can supply you with further information relevant to your own unique journey.

Source: uscis.gov, "Path to U.S. citizenship", Oct. 29, 2014

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