How to Apply for Citizenship/Naturalization
To apply for naturalization, file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
For more information, see the USCIS How Do I Apply for Citizenship? guide. We also provide educational materials to help you prepare for the English, U.S. history and civics portions of the naturalization test, including:
For more test information visit the USCIS Naturalization Test page.
If you are in the military and are interested in becoming a U.S. citizen, please see the M-599, Naturalization Information for Military guide.
How to Qualify for U.S. Citizenship
- You have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years and meet all other eligibility requirements, please visit the General Path to Citizenship page for more information.
- You have been a permanent resident for 3 years or more and meet all eligibility requirements to file as a spouse of a U.S. citizen, please visit the For Spouses of U.S. Citizens page for more information.
- You have qualifying service in the U.S. armed forces and meet all other eligibility requirements. Visit the Military section of the website.
- Ythe child may qualify for naturalization if you are a U.S. citizen, the child was born outside the U.S., the child is currently residing outside the U.S., and all other eligibility requirements are met.
See A Guide to Naturalization guide. Chapter 4 of the guide discusses who is eligible for Naturalization.
Note: You may already be a U.S. citizen and not need to apply for naturalization if ythe biological or adoptive parent(s) became a U.S. citizen before you reached the age of 18. For more information, visit the Citizenship Through Parents page.
Written by:Mark Carmel