Becoming a Naturalized U.S. Citizen
A Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR), which is often referred to informally as a green card holder, may be eligible to apply for citizenship to the United States. A person may apply for naturalized citizenship if the following qualifications are met:
- The applicant is a Lawful Permanent Resident;
- The Lawful Permanent Resident has continuously resided in the United States five or more years immediately prior to filing (brief absences are permitted);
- The Lawful Permanent Resident has maintained a physical presence in the United States for at least 30 months out of the previous five years (some exceptions apply); and
- The Lawful Permanent Resident has resided in the same State (or District) for three months or more.
In addition to qualifications set forth above, each person seeking United States citizenship must show that he or she is a person of good moral character and has been so for at least five years prior to filing. Anyone who has been convicted of murder or certain aggravated felonies may be barred from applying for citizenship. The question of character as is relates to immigration and naturalization is complex area. Consult a qualified Oklahoma immigration attorney at the Raza Mica Law Office for answers to your questions about this qualification.
Individuals applying for United States Citizenship must demonstrate the ability to read, write, speak, and understand common terms in the English language. There are some exceptions to this rule. Exceptions can include individuals who have resided in the United States as a Permanent Resident for 15 years or more and who meet certain age requirements. Exceptions are also available for individuals with a physical or mental impairment.
History and Government
Each applicant for naturalized citizenship must also demonstrate an understanding of the basic history and form of government of the United States. As with other requirements, there is an exemption for individuals who have a physical or mental impairment that negatively affects that individual’s ability to learn the history and form of government of the United States.
Free Oklahoma Immigration and Naturalization Consultation
The Oklahoma immigration attorneys at the Raza Mica Law Office provide free telephone consultations to anyone seeking immigration, residency, or citizenship in the United States. Simply call 1-888-Raza-Mica (1-888-729-2642) or 918-878-0558 now to consult with an Oklahoma immigration lawyer. You may also submit the form at the top left of this page.