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Naturalization is the process for a permanent resident to become a U.S. citizen.
Generally, every immigrant who enters the United States first entered the country on an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa. After entering the country, many immigrants apply to become a lawful permanent resident for reasons like work or marriage.
While permanent residency allows someone to stay in the country permanently, it does not offer certain benefits like the right to vote or to hold public office. As a result, many permanent residents eventually apply to become U.S. citizens.
Citizenship is not granted automatically, however. And many individuals do choose to remain permanent residents forever. But for those who seek U.S. citizenship, the process typically follows four general steps:
Keep in mind that this is a very high-level summary of the naturalization process for permanent residents to become U.S. citizens. To learn more, check out our free Guide to How to Become a U.S. Citizen or contact an immigration attorney.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.