How to become a United States citizen?
There are a number of ways by which a person can become a United States citizen. A person becomes a citizen when
The naturalization process
The process by which a person applies for United States citizenship is called naturalization. In most cases, people who enter the naturalization process are green card holders who have lived in the United States for many years.
To apply for citizenship, a person must have lived in the United States as a legal permanent resident for at least five years, and have been physically present here for at least half of that time. The person must be at least 18 years of age, and must demonstrate evidence of good moral character. A person who made another country their permanent home during their time of residence in the United States is not eligible for citizenship.
The appropriate forms for citizenship vary according to the applicant’s situation. An immigration lawyer can determine which forms are right for you. After submitting the forms, a copy of your green card, photograph and fees, the applicant will be scheduled for an interview with the BCIS. Unless the person qualifies for an exception, the interview will be conducted in English.
Note: it is usually several months after filing that the applicant is scheduled for an interview with the BCIS.