(RightWing.org) – Sometimes it seems like, these days, all you need to do to live in the US is sneak across the border and start demanding handouts. It can be hard to remember that there is a legal way to come to this country — one that’s been used by generations of the sort of law-abiding immigrants we actually want.
If you want to apply for US citizenship, you need to be a lawful resident in the country for at least five years. You also have to be physically present within the country for at least 30 months of that time.
Of course, you’ll also need to prove you’re a person of good moral character, who doesn’t have a criminal record, with a basic command of the English language.
If you meet these requirements, you may be approved for a naturalization interview, where you’ll be quizzed about your background and your application. Then, you’ll sit for a civics test. The aim of this exam is simple: it ensures you know enough about our country and how our government works to become a productive member of society.
Want to know what sort of questions aspiring citizens need to answer? You can find a sample test here. It’s a good exercise for everyday citizens, too. But for naturalization applicants, it’s also the final hurdle before they’re allowed to take the oath of allegiance and finally become an American citizen.
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