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How do you become a U.S. citizen?

You've long wanted to come to the United States, and when you got the chance, you jumped on it. You've been living in the country for several years with your Permanent Residence Visa, allowing you to stay in the country permanently.

As much as the permanent residency means to you, you want more and to become a full-fledged member of American society. To do that, you'll want to apply for citizenship through a naturalization process. This isn't an easy task, but if you complete every step, you can become a citizen with no risk of detention or deportation.

If you're interested in becoming a U.S. citizen, you need to know how the process works. Becoming a citizen is possible in a few ways, but one of the most common is through naturalization. This process requires you to obtain and maintain a permanent resident green card for at least five years before your application or for three if you're the spouse of someone who is already a U.S. citizen.

You also need to meet eligibility requirements. These include being able to speak, read and write basic English, being a person of good moral character and being at least 18 when you apply for citizenship. There is a 10-step naturalization process you will go through. It helps determine if you are eligible to become a citizen and involves taking a U.S. Nationalization Test. You'll also go through a personal interview that your attorney can help you prepare for, so you have the best chance of success when you're applying for naturalization.

Source: USA.gov, "How to Apply for U.S. Citizenship," accessed May 18, 2018

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