Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary

Legal Dictionary Home

Need Professional Help? Talk to a Lawyer
Enter Your Zip Code to Connect with a Lawyer Serving Your Area
searchbox small
The process by which a foreign person becomes a U.S. citizen. Eligibility is, in almost all cases, dependent first and foremost on having held a green card for several years. Applicants must also meet other testing and residence requirements. A naturalized U.S. citizen has virtually the same rights as a native-born U.S. citizen.