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How do I qualify for citizenship?

Pat Malone • July 01, 2020

To qualify for citizenship, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old. 
  • Be a permanent resident (have a green card) for at least:
    • 5 years, or
    • 3 years if you are married to a U.S. citizen.
  • Read, write and speak basic English; and
  • Understand basic U.S. civics.

There are exceptions to the English and civics rules. There are other basic requirements, too. 

Answer our Citizenshipworks Prescreening questions to find out if you qualify to apply.

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