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The following are general requirements for a lawful permanent resident to be eligible for naturalization. It should also be noted that there are some variation on these requirements under certain circumstances for certain groups such as lawful permanent residents who obtained their green cards based on a marriage to a United States citizen and lawful permanent residents who are US military personnel.
An applicant must be at least 18 years old, and have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence. Immediately preceding the filing of the application, the applicant must:
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|An applicant must show that he or she is attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States. He or she must also be able to read, write, speak, and understand words in ordinary usage in the English language, and must demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the history and of the principles and form of government of the United States. Some exemptions from these two requirements are allowed.
Good Moral Character
Generally, an applicant must show that he or she has been a person of good moral character for the statutory period prior to filing for naturalization. The USCIS is not limited to the statutory period in determining whether an applicant has established good moral character. An applicant is permanently barred from naturalization if he or she has ever been convicted of murder, or has been convicted of an "aggravated felony" as defined by the immigration laws. A person also cannot be found to be a person of good moral character if during the last five years he or she:
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|Oath of Allegiance
Finally, to become a citizen, one must take the oath of allegiance. By doing so, an applicant swears to:
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