The Naturalization Process

What is the naturalization process?
Qualifying for U.S. citizenship through naturalization requires that an individual have had legal permanent resident status for at least 5 years or 3 years if he obtained the green card through a U.S.-citizen spouse or through the Violence Against Women Act. Other exceptions exist for members of the U.S. military who have served during a time of war. Applicants for citizenship must be at least 18 years old, provide proof of continuous residency, have “good moral character,” and must also pass English, U.S. history and civics exams. They are also required to pay an application fee.