There are some important reasons for applying for naturalization if you are eligible to do so:
As a U.S. citizen:
The following are the basic requirements you must meet in order to apply for naturalization:
Note! Pay particular attention to the residency and good moral character requirements:
If you have lived outside of the U.S. continuously for an extended period of time—more than six months—during your residency as an LPR, you may have a problem. If you lived outside of the U.S. for more than one year, you may run the risk of your residency being revoked based on a finding that you have abandoned your residency.
Good Moral Character
There are some situations that may trigger problems in meeting this requirement. Most common are issues such as arrests or criminal convictions, but also conduct such as failure or refusal to support dependents and giving false testimony.
Note: Certain criminal convictions will permanently prevent you from naturalizing, and some will trigger deportation proceedings. If you have ever been arrested for any reason, it is important that you do not apply for naturalization before consulting an immigration lawyer.
This article provides you with basic information on naturalization. You can find a complete guide, the necessary forms, and detailed information on the USCIS Office of Citizenship website.
If you have any questions and need more information, please contact the Immigration Representation Project at Legal Services of New Jersey at (732) 572-9100.
This information last reviewed: Jul 17, 2017