More and more people come to the United States of America every year. Some come for leisure, some come for our educational institutions, and most come for a more permanent stay. Foreigners come to America to enjoy the food, the culture, but most of all, the freedom. Other countries may currently be suffering economically or are run through communism, etc. Whatever the reason, people who flock to the U.S.A. come here to seek opportunities which their mother countries cannot offer. US Citizens enjoy privileges that others want to enjoy as well. But with these privileges come a set of responsibilities of being a citizen of this country.
If you are yet to become a US citizen, let us help you:
You need to be a green card holder and must be a resident for 5 years or more. The government of the U.S.A. should be able to ensure that you will have permanency in your stay in this country. You must be physically in the lands of America for at least 30 months in those 5 years. And if you do get to apply, you must stay in the U.S. until you are naturalized.
The minimum age to apply for citizenship is 18 years old, and a maximum age limit isn’t implemented. A person is expected to be able to understand what the process of being a citizen is, which is why an age requirement is needed.
One must be able to understand the English language verbally and visually. This means learning to speak, read and write in English. Although the U.S. is a melting pot of so many varying cultures, the main language is English. It is important to learn the primary language in order to communicate more efficiently with other citizens.
The U.S.A. has a very rich historical background. We have overcome many other cultures that came to our lands. We are a people who are proud to be where we are in the world. We have come a long way to be the country that we are today. We are one of the top countries in many respects. People who plan to be citizens must learn our history in order to be a part of our present and future. Also, a test is required of you which would be all about the U.S. history and government.
All countries are governed by laws, rules and regulations in which each and every one is expected to abide. The U.S. is no different. Knowing our rules will help you know your rights and know what or what not to do when you do become a citizen of this country.
If you have already resided here for quite some time, you may already be accustomed to the American culture. For those who have just arrived, we are a mix blend of curiosities in which we are very proud of. Immersing yourself in the American culture will definitely give you an edge and the feel of what it is to be an American citizen. Culture shock may kick in, especially if you come from Asian countries where our cultures have big differences with each other. For example, most Asian countries are more conservative and when they come here, they blush at the sight of women in bikinis, which is normal in this part of the world.
If you feel like you have reviewed the above list and are ready for application, you must acquire a FORM N-400. You can get this through the official government website or in their respective immigration office. Fill it up with the correct information and you will be well on your way.
To become a US citizen entails many responsibilities to our country. We are able to enjoy our freedom and many rights but only if we are responsible enough. We expect the same from immigrants who wish to take part of our beloved country. We are open to be a haven to those who want to be a part of our American ways. Remember to always seek a legal advisor in matters regarding citizenship in order to have a smooth transaction and transition into U.S. citizenship.