September 17 is Constitution and Citizenship Day, a day to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, and “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.”
Congratulations to those who have become citizens this year or have applied for citizenship!
According to some reports, there are nearly nine million lawful permanent residents (green card holders) living and working in the United States who qualify for naturalization – becoming a U.S. citizen. If you are in this group, Citizenship Day is a great time to learn more about the benefits of citizenship and the steps you need to take to naturalize.
In general, to qualify for citizenship, you must:
- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Be a lawful permanent resident (green card holder);
- Have lived in the United States as a lawful permanent resident for at least five years, three years if married to a US citizen and living in marital union, or under certain other circumstances.;
- Have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months total, 18 months if married to a USC.;
- Be a person of good moral character;
- Be able to speak, read, write and understand the English language;
- Have knowledge of U.S. government and history; and
- Be willing and able to take the Oath of Allegiance.