To become a U.S. citizen you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be 18 years of age or older.
- You must have authorization to live and work in the U.S. on a permanent basis (informally known as a green card) for at least five years (or three years, if married to a United States citizen).
- You must have continuous residence in the U.S. for at least five years (or three years, if married to a United States citizen) and be physically present in the U.S. for at least half that time.
- Must be able to read, write and speak basic English.
- Some people do not have to speak English at all or answer any questions about United States history and civics, depending on many factors such as their age, time in the U.S. as green card holders, and if they have a disability.
- For more information about language exceptions, disability exceptions, and accommodations, click here.
- Must have a knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of U.S. history and government.
- You must be a person of “good moral character.”
- You must take a loyalty oath to the United States and support the Constitution and form of government of the United States.