Become a U.S. citizen through naturalization
Naturalization is the process of voluntarily becoming a United States citizen. Learn the steps that lead to U.S. citizenship.
Find out if you are eligible to become a U.S. citizen
To be eligible for U.S. citizenship, you must meet certain eligibility requirements, including being:
You must also be in one of these categories:
- Lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder) of five years
- Married to a U.S. citizen
- U.S. military service member (active duty or veteran)
- Child of a U.S. citizen
How to apply for U.S. citizenship
Follow the 10-step naturalization process from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You will learn:
- If you are eligible for naturalization
- How to fill out Form N-400 to apply for naturalization
- What to do before taking the oath of citizenship
Prepare for your interview and naturalization test
This video shows you what takes place during a naturalization interview and helps you prepare for it.
For most people, one of the requirements during the interview is taking the 2008 U.S. naturalization test. The test has two parts: a civics test (U.S. history and government) and an English test.
Find study resources for the test:
- 100 Civics Questions and Answers for the 2008 Test (with MP3 audio)
- 2008 Civics Practice Test
- Find out about ways to learn English
If you meet certain age or disability qualifications, you may not have to take the civics or English test. Find out who may be exempt from the civics or English sections of the test (see Part B).
LAST UPDATED: May 24, 2023
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