U.S. Citizenship Requirements for 5-Year Permanent Resident
Be at least 18 years old
Be a permanent resident (green card holder) for at least 5 years
Have resided in the state or jurisdiction of filing for a minimum of 3 months prior to filing
Have lived continuously in the U.S. for 5 years as a green card holder prior to filing the application
Have been present in the United States for a minimum of 30 months out of those 5 years prior to filing the application
Have a working knowledge of the English language and U.S. history and civics
- Generally, applicants must know how to speak, read, and write English and know some U.S. history, as well as understand some concepts of the American government.
- Applicants who are at least 50 years old at the time of filing and have been permanent residents for 20 years are not required to take the English language test and may choose which language they want to take the civics test in.
- Applicants who are at least 55 years old at the time of filing and have been permanent residents for 15 years are not required to take the English language test and may choose which language they want to take the civics test in.
- Applicants who are at least 65 years old at the time of filing and have been permanent residents for 20 years are not required to take the English language test, but must take a condensed version of the civics test in the language of their choice.
Possess a good moral character
- Crimes with intent to harm another person
- Crimes of fraud against the Government
- 2 or more crimes with a combined penalty of a 5-year sentence
- Controlled substance law violations (of U.S., state, or foreign country)
- Persistent drunkenness
- Illegal gambling
- Having more than 1 spouse simultaneously (polygamy)
- Lying for the purpose of obtaining immigration benefits
- Failure to pay child support or alimony payments as ordered by the court
- Incarceration of 180 total days in jail, prison, or other institution
- Failure to complete probation, parole, or suspended sentence prior to applying for naturalization
- Acts of terrorism
- Persecution of individuals based on race, national origin, religious beliefs, or political or social affiliations
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