In order to obtain U.S. citizenship, a person must meet the following general requirements:
- Five years continuous residence (three years if married to a U.S. citizen); at least half of that time must be spent physically in the United States;
- Ability to read, write, and speak English;
- Knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government;
- Good moral character; and
- Must take an Oath of Allegiance to the principles of the U.S. Constitution.
The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 facilitated the process for both natural-born and adopted children of U.S. citizens to claim U.S. citizenship through their parents. Under the act, a child must:
- Be under 18;
- Be a permanent U.S. resident;
- Have at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen; and
- Be living in the United States in the custody of the citizen parent.
If you would like to apply for citizenship, please contact Accent Legal for an evaluation of your eligibility.