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CitizenshipThe 14th Amendment to The United States Constitution states, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

Citizenship can be obtained not only through the birth of an individual in the United States, but also by an individual born outside of the United States. An individual born outside of the United States can become a citizen through one of the two (2) following ways:

Naturalization: Naturalization is the process in which one who is NOT born in the United States embarks on to become a citizen. After an individual fulfills certain requirements established by Congress they may be granted Citizenship.

Qualifications for Naturalization

An individual who is a green card holder for a period of at least five (5) years may apply for naturalization to become a citizen if the following requirements are met:

  • At the time of filling the individual must be at least 18 years old.
  • The individual must be a green card holder for at least a period of five (5) years before the filling of the Application for Naturalization, Form-400.
  • The individual must have lived in the state or USCIS district with jurisdiction over the individual’s place of residence for a period of at least three (3) months prior to the date of filing the application.
  • The individual must have continuous residence for at least five (5) years in the U.S. as a Green Card holder.
  • The individual must have been physically present in the U.S. for a period of at least 30 months out of the total five (5) years before applying.
  • The individual must continuously reside in the U.S. from the application date to the time of naturalization.
  • The individual must have the ability to read, write and speak English and have a grasp on U.S. history and government.
  • The individual must possess good moral character consistent with and attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States.

If you think you can qualify to become a naturalized citizen, here are ten (10) steps to follow to start the process:

10 Steps to Become a Citizen - Naturalization Steps
  1. Determine whether you are already a United States Citizen
  2. Figure out if you meet the eligibility requirements to become a citizen, as set forth above
  3. Download and prepare Form N-400
  4. After you have finished Form N-400 Submit the Form
  5. If biometrics is needed attend your biometrics appointment
  6. Naturalization Interview
  7. Written notice of decision for form N-400
  8. Notice for you to take the Oath of Allegiance
  9. Take the Oath of Allegiance
  10. Understand what it is to be a United States Citizen

Click For more information on eligibility and the path for Naturalization

The Naturalization Test

There is a formal written test that one must take in order to become a United States Citizen. This examination tests you on English and United States history/government. For information on this examination and test preparation click here

Citizenship of their Parents: One may obtain U.S Citizenship through their parents after birth but before they reach the age of 18.

For more information click her for a USCIS Citizenship through Parents Chart

What to do Next to Become a United States Citizen

If you are not already a citizen of the United States and desire to become a citizen and believe you qualify to be a naturalized citizen or a citizen through the citizenship of your parents according to the steps set forth in this article or desire a FREE consultation to discuss this or any immigration issue, please contact us now.

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There is NO charge for our initial consultation – it is absolutely FREE and confidential!

There are long delays, time deadlines, quotas and other issues, so please do not wait.

We look forward to speaking with you and helping you resolve your citizenship and any other immigration legal problems.


Our immigration web site pages were prepared when our personal injury & wrongful death law firm also provided assistance to some of our clients with immigration matters. Our law firm does not do that any longer. Our lawyers and law offices continue to concentrate in handling serious injury and wrongful death cases in Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and all of California resulting from car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, hit & run and uninsured motorist (UM) and underinsured motorist (UIM) accidents, dog bites & dog attacks, premises liability accidents including slip & fall, trip & fall and burn injury cases. Our lawyers have handled personal injury and wrongful death accident cases for over 45 years. We have successfully resolved thousands of injury accident claims over that time, with a success rate better than 98%. However, if you need any immigration help we are happy to refer you to an immigration lawyer. Meanwhile, we have left these pages on our web site with this notice to continue to try to provide some useful general information to the public. As always, the information in this web site is general information only that is not intended to provide nor should it be relied upon to provide specific advice for any specific legal matter as, among other reasons, all facts and circumstances should be considered. You are advised and encouraged to consult with an experienced attorney for specific advice about your particular personal injury, wrongful death, accident, immigration or any other legal claim, case or matter. If you ever need any help or legal advice, please call us now at 818-222-3400 or 1-866 INJURY 2 or simply click here to reach us 24/7. On injury accident cases our initial consultation still is absolutely FREE and we work on a contingency fee. That means we do not receive any fee until we win. And then the fee comes out of the recovery which means that the fee is actually paid by the insurance company and does not come out of your own pocket. If you have any questions, please let us know. We look forward to helping you.

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