Naturalization is a process whereby a lawful permanent resident a.k.a. green card holder obtains U.S. citizenship. Most lawful permanent residents become eligible for naturalization after being a permanent residents for 5 years unless those who obtained their green card through marriage and are eligible to apply for naturalization after 3 years.
An individual qualifies for naturalization if he or she is at least 18 years of old. Individuals under 18 and lawful permanent residents when one or both of their parents naturalize, or after adoption by a U.S. Citizen parent may derive U.S. Citizenship. For such individuals, to obtain proof of naturalization, they must file an application with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to obtain a Certificate of Citizenship, which serves as official proof of their naturalization.
Understanding the nuances of the naturalization process is paramount, as it involves detailed documentation, a thorough background check, and a personal interview. Prospective citizens must demonstrate continuous residence and physical presence within the United States and should not have any lengthy trips abroad that might disrupt their continuous residency claim. By embracing citizenship, individuals not only gain the right to vote and the ability to travel with a U.S. passport but also enhance their ability to sponsor relatives for their own green card applications.
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