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How to get USA citizenship/visa

Updated on October 29, 2013

Getting US citizenship is one of the toughest thing. You have to go under many tests & procedures before getting this prestige. Let’s have a quick look at some of the Basic Eligibilities which one should possess before becoming a US citizen.

  • You should have lived in US as a Permanent resident for atleast 5 full years. (Exception for refugees etc.)

  • You should have lived at least 3 months, in the state where you filed application for citizenship.

  • You should have been physically present in US for atleast half of the last 5 years.

  • You shouldn’t have spent more than a year outside US.

  • You aren’t having a primary home in any other country.


  • You must be 18+ & having a good moral character.

  • You can read, write & easily speak in English.

  • USCIS will take a test of yours regarding US history & government. You must pass this test.

  • At last, you have to swear that-

  1. You believe in U.S. Constitution principles.

  2. You will be fully loyal to U.S.

That's it for the eligibilities. Hope it will help those who are seeking for US citizenship.


o Queries & suggestions are duly invited.

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      GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA 4 years ago from Kanpur, India

      The weather keeps changing all the time. I am in northern India & it's winter's over here. So it's basically 3 degrees at night. But in June it reaches to 40 degrees also. Although, in Mumbai the weather is always stable due to the ocean factor.

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      Alan R Lancaster 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      It's a bit stiffer than the equivalent for becoming a British citizen. My son-in-law, originally from Mumbai, hasn't yet been here for as long as five years. Mind, he's married to my daughter and works at Lord's cricket ground in the indoor cricket school as well as in the away team changing room during international matches (five day and one day events). He has worked on the Hawkeye monitoring system both at cricket matches and at the Olympics. He found British citizenship fairly easy, being already familiar with much of the subject matter, and his knowledge of English English is quite good. They're die back from India tonight at Heathrow. We'll soon see how his enthusiasm runs when he comes out of the airport!

      (Have you got the same weather we have?)

      Soldier on, gags3480.

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      GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA 4 years ago from Kanpur, India

      Pleased to hear about your Chinese friend. Thanks for the feedback.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      I have several friends who are trying to become citizens with no success. I have one friend who is Irish, married to an American and can't get permanent visa. Legally becoming a citizen is nearly impossible, but some people do. I have a Chinese friend, who graduated from Stanford University and basically grew up in Canada and the US. When she was sitting for her citizenship test the exterminator kept asking her, "Do you understand what I am asking you in English"? She finally said , " If you ask me something I might be able to figure our what you are asking me; until you ask me something the answer to your question is, 'No' I have no idea what you are asking me." He just looked at her and said, "Your English is quite good". She was furious.

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      GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA 4 years ago from Kanpur, India

      Yes this is definitely a part of it. I have read about it at many places & after that only I have made this hub. Happy holidays to you too!!!!

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      rutley 4 years ago from South Jersey

      Welcome and thank you for following gags3480. I know many citizens who do not speak a word of English. Are you sure this is part of the criteria for becoming a citizen? Anyway, Happy Holidays to you!

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      GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA 4 years ago from Kanpur, India

      Thanks Safiq..............

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      safiq ali patel 4 years ago from United States Of America

      Good hub. One or two grammatical errors. But overall a good hub on a interesting topic. Voted up and useful. Thank you.