Citizenship is the position or status of being a citizen of the United States. There is a difference between citizenship and naturalization. Citizenship can happen when someone is born in this country or if both your parents are citizens of the United States. In contrast, naturalization is when citizenship is granted to a lawful permanent resident of the United States based on specific requirements.
To be naturalized, applicants must first meet specific criteria to apply for citizenship. Then, the applicant must complete an application, attend an interview, and pass an English and a civics test. After successful completion, the applicant takes an oath of allegiance and becomes a citizen. These legal requirements help the immigration service ensure that only those people who are sincere in their desire to become U.S. citizens become naturalized.
Before applying for naturalization in the United States, you'll need to meet specific eligibility requirements. For example, applicants must be at least eighteen years old, a lawful permanent resident of the United States for at least five years before applying for naturalization, and physically present in the United States for at least five years at the time of application, able to understand and speak English and be of good moral character.