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Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a lawful permanent resident after meeting certain requirements. Generally, you are eligible for naturalization if you have been a lawful permanent resident for at least 5 years or you are a lawful permanent resident who has been married to a US citizen for at least 3 years.

When you decide to naturalize with Pathways, our legal staff will prepare your N-400 Application for Naturalization and represent you every step of the way through your oath ceremony.

There are other factors for eligibility, so please click below to request a free legal consultation.

Why Naturalize?


1. Right to Immigrate Family Members

A U. S. citizen can sponsor a wider number of family members to come to the U.S. and the waiting time for them to receive a visa is faster than for the relatives of permanent residents.

2. Derivative Citizenship for Children

When a permanent resident naturalizes, their children under age 18 may automatically become U.S. citizens by derivation. There are certain requirements to qualify for derivative citizenship.

3. Full Civic Participation

A U.S. citizen has the right to vote in national, state, and local elections, to run for elected office, and to serve on a jury.

4. Travel Benefits

A U.S. citizen can travel outside the U.S. for unlimited periods of time and re-enter freely.

5. Public Benefits

A U.S. citizen can receive public benefits such as food stamps and Medicaid without the restrictions imposed on non-citizens.

6. Expanded Employment & Educational Opportunities

Many federal, state, and local government jobs, as well as certain scholarships for higher education require U.S. citizenship.

General Eligibility Requirement

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have been an LPR for at least 5 years or you are an LPR who has been married to a U.S. citizen for 3 years.
  • Have resided in the United States as a lawful permanent resident for at least five years.
  • Have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months
  • Be able to speak, read, write and understand the English language
  • Have an understanding of the fundamentals of the history, principles, and form of government of the United States.