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USEFUL NATURALIZATION FACTS

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If you are ready to apply for Naturalization, there are a few things you should know to make sure that you are eligible to file for Naturalization.  Make sure that all the following apply to you:

  1. You must be at least 18 years old.
  2. You must have a green card.
  3. You must have lived in the US for at least five years after you got your green card, unless you got your green based on your spouse, in which case you would only have to wait for three years.
  4. You must have been physically present in the US for a minimum of three and a half years, unless you are a member of the military who served for at least one year.
  5. You must be able to show good moral character.
  6. You must be fluent in English and know US history and government.
  7. You must agree to take the Oath of Allegiance.

On average, about 680,000 immigrants become naturalized every year.  Most of them come from the states with the largest populations, especially from the metropolitan areas.  The number of naturalizations has been steadily increasing year by year – from 888,788 in 2000 to 743,715 in 2009.

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