General Path to Citizenship

Standard

There are various naturalization provisions that allow permanent residents also known as (green card holders) to become U.S. citizens. The most common of these provisions is section 316(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which allows a person who has been a permanent resident for at least 5 years to apply for naturalization.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for naturalization under section 316(a) of the INA, an applicant must:

  • Be 18 or older
  • Be a permanent resident (green card holder) for at least 5 years, immediately preceding the date of filing the proper forms. Have lived within the state, or USCIS district with jurisdiction over the applicant’s place of residence, for at least 3 months prior to the date of filing the application
  • Have continuous residence in the United States as a 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
  • Reside continuously within the United States from the date of application for naturalization up to the time of naturalization
  • Be able to read, write, and speak English and have knowledge and an understanding of U.S. history and government (civics).
  • Be a person of good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the United States during all relevant periods under the law

If you have any questions about citizenship or about immigration, call the Dallas office of The Morris Law Firm at (214)357-1782, or reach via email at info@themorrisfirm.net.

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