Naturalization is just a long word that means obtaining United States Citizenship by application. Those lawful permanent residents who have had their status for five years, or in the case of those who adjusted their status through a U.S. Citizen spouse—three years, may apply for U.S. Citizenship.
An applicant for Naturalization must have lived in the local jurisdiction for three months before filing in the local jurisdiction, and in the case of a three year application 18 months of residence within the three year period or in the case of a five year application, thirty months of residence within the five year period.
It is important that all of your criminal history is relayed to your attorney. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will generally look back five years to establish “good moral character” which will also include the payment of income taxes and child support. Some crimes, however, are deportable by nature and must be disclosed to us so that we can make a determination of eligibility for naturalization.
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