What Are the Requirements for Citizenship?

“The requirements for citizenship are good moral character. In other words, no arrests, no significant arrests during the statutory period which is either 3 or 5 years. Also that you have been physically present in the United States for at least half of the time of the statutory period. So, for example, if you are applying under the 5-year rule that you have been here for 2 and a half years, also that you have not abandoned your continuous residence. Some people think that ‘I can leave for 4 months, come back to the U.S. for 2, leave for another 4 months and keep doing this because I will never be out of the U.S. for 6 months. Well, unfortunately, you have broken the continuous residence if you leave for those periods of time. You must also pass an English test; in other words, you must know conversational English, you must know how to read and write English as well, and you must also pass a civics test that covers U.S. history, geography, and things of that nature.”