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Discover What US Citizenship Requirements Are Worth

By Scott Manseo

Are you interested in becoming a US citizen, you must familiarize yourself with the requirements for citizenship. It can be a time consuming process, filled with paperwork and probing questions about your private life. It is in your best interest to learn as much as possible before making your final decision.

When at least one parent is a citizen at the time of birth, then the child is born a United States citizen. If a parent becomes a citizen later in the child’s life, as long as the child is less than 18 years of age, then they are also eligible. However some residency questions may need to be addressed. Ideally, children residing outside of the US should be in the legal care of a US citizen parent for application consideration.

Additionally, the US citizen parents should fill out and file the required paperwork. If this parent has died, a US citizen grandparent or legal guardian may apply for the child, but only within 5 years of the parent’s death. Adopted children may be naturalized through the Immigration and Nationality Act, visit the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website for more information.

Adults that are interested in citizenship will need to go through the naturalization process. For the most part, you have to already have a permanent resident card for at least five years. They also expect that you reside in the country for a minimum or 30 months out of the five years. Make sure you have knowledge of US history and government (known as civics), and the ability to read, write, and speak English.

If you meet the necessary requirements, then go ahead and fill out the paper work and get ready for the naturalization test. When your application is accepted you will be fingerprinted at a USCIS facility and interviewed by an officer, this will include questions about your background as it applies to your application. Then you will need to prove your language skills by accurately reading some provided material, and writing a sentence correctly from a provided list. A majority out of the ten questions on the civics test must be answered correctly.

Look for more information about specific requirements if you regularly work overseas, are over fifty years old, have physical or developmental disabilities, or are currently married to a US citizen. There may be exceptions to the necessary requirements if you fit the criteria.

In the event that you do not pass, another opportunity can be scheduled between 60 and 90 days after the original interview. The internet has a wealth of study materials to help you prepare for the government and history section of the test. This can be a very long process, so before applying, be certain you can fulfill the eligibility requirements for citizenship.

Find out more about United States Citizenship Exam at Stop by Scott Manseo’s website to find information on free test preparation for Citizenship, TOEFL, GMAT, GRE exams and more.

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