Question: What is the process for becoming a U.S. citizen?

Answer: Well, first you have to determine that you are eligible to apply for citizenship. In general—there are some specifics—but generally you have to be at least eighteen years old and a permanent resident of the United States for five years. That is reduced to three years if you are married to a U.S. citizen. And then there’s an application process. You prepare the application for naturalization and submit it with the proper fee and all the necessary documentation that goes with it. Following that, there is a biometrics appointment and a background check that are completed. Then an interview with an immigration official, and at that time you have to pass an English and civics test. And then finally once the naturalization application is granted, then a person has to go to the oath ceremony and becomes a U.S. citizen.

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