Understanding the Process of Becoming a Naturalized U.S. Citizen

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), 729,995 people became naturalized U.S. citizens during fiscal year 2015, and some 6.6 million have joined the ranks of U.S. citizens over the past decade. These numbers represent years of work on the part of foreign nationals who have demonstrated their commitment to participating in the fabric of American life.


The key requirements for naturalization are, in many ways, very straightforward. A person must be 18 years of age or older and a lawful permanent resident who’s been in the United States for at least five years (and physically present in the cou