Citizenship & Naturalization
HOW DO I BECOME A CITIZEN?
Naturalization: Individuals who are at least 18 years old may naturalize as U.S. citizens when they meet the requirements set forth in the Immigration and Nationality Act. Many lawful permanent residents become eligible to naturalize after three or five years of continuous residence within the U.S. Active duty military and/or their spouse may qualify for expedited processing of their application.
Acquired Citizenship: Individuals born outside the U.S. may acquire citizenship at birth when one or both of their parents are U.S. citizens at the time of their birth and their parents have met residency requirements. These requirements are dependent upon the law in effect at the time of your birth.
Derived Citizenship: Children who are lawful permanent residents and whose parents are naturalized citizens may derive citizenship from their parents in certain cases.