Over 1 million immigrants arrive in the United States every year, according to the Pew Research Center. This trend should continue in 2020. A large number of immigrants desire to stay in the country so they can go to school, get a job and start a family. They want to apply for citizenship so they can participate in organizations and reap the benefits of their work ethic and determination.

For a fee, eligible individuals can become U.S. citizens. People who want to pledge allegiance to the flag and gain protection may be ready to begin the application process.

Requirements for citizenship

An individual must meet the following criteria to become a citizen:

  • Possess a green card for at least five years
  • Have the ability to read, write and speak English well
  • Have good moral character and a clean criminal record

There are exceptions to these rules, of course. If a person is a spouse to a U.S. citizen, for example, then he or she has to have a green card for only a minimum of three years. Every person should evaluate his or her unique circumstances before starting the application process to prevent delays.

Steps for naturalization

The United States government has simplified naturalization for engaged applicants. Completing a few forms and attending an interview can change the course of an individual’s life.

While some people may complete the forms and pay the fees with ease, they may still experience anxiety over the interview. This is common for non-native speakers. Note that an interview for citizenship is not like a typical employment interview. A government representative who has this task is understanding of the language challenges that immigrants face.

2020 is looking positive for letting people from diverse countries pass the U.S. borders. Obtaining citizenship is useful for a wider range of employment opportunities and is necessary for voting rights.