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Immigration and Naturalization Attorneys in San Diego

Naturalization is the process in which the U.S. citizenship is conferred upon a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.). The general requirements for administrative naturalization include:

  • a period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States
  • residence in a particular U.S. C.I.S. District prior to filing
  • an ability to read, write, and speak English
  • a knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government
  • good moral character
  • attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution
  • favorable disposition toward the United States

Oath of Allegiance

To become a citizen, one must take the oath of allegiance. By doing so, an applicant swears to:

  • support the Constitution and obey the laws of the U.S.
  • renounce any foreign allegiance and/or foreign title
  • bear arms for the Armed Forces of the U.S. or perform services for the government of the U.S. when required