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Naturalization & Citizenship
US Citizens enjoy a plethora of rights that non-immigrants and even Lawful Permanent Residents are not eligible for. Some of these rights include freedom to settle in any part of the world, right to vote in elections, getting eligible for federal employment, and ability to apply for their family members who were born overseas, etc. To become a United States Citizen, one has to show a good moral character along with intentions to permanently live and serve in the United States. Given the legalities involved, it is essential to work with an experienced immigration attorney for naturalization. 
Eligibility
There are several ways to become eligible for US citizenship, though you need to be in a Lawful Permanent Resident Status for a certain number of years before being able to file for US Citizenship, with some exceptions. 

Have a Green Card either through your employer or a family member (immediate relative) and have completed your residency requirements, you are eligible to apply for citizenship
A Qualified member of the US Armed Forces are eligible to apply for US citizenship
If you are an overseas born child of a US Citizen, you are a United States Citizen by virtue of your birth

Prerequisites to file Naturalization
Reside in the USA for five years as a Lawful Permanent Resident or three years as a Conditional Resident married to a United States Citizen
Live for more than three years in the jurisdiction of the city from which you are filing your naturalization application
Spend more than half of your time as a permanent resident inside the United States. In other words, you must not leave the US for more than 6 months a year
You must be at least 18 years of age to file your citizenship

Naturalization interview
Every Naturalization applicant has to appear for an interview in front of a USCIS officer and has to undergo a basic English Language and US Civics Test, including US history and government. If you are uncomfortable appearing for the English and Civics test, our attorneys might be able to get a waiver. 

Once the USCIS officer has ensured that you are a person of good moral character and pass the English and Civics Test, you would be invited to appear for Oath Ceremony. 

The eligibility criteria for Naturalization keeps on changing depending upon a person’s resident status, age, and several other factors. It is best to consult a Naturalization attorney at Rijal Law firm and check your eligibility to apply for US citizenship. 

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