Immigration status in the United States is a complex legal matter, and the path to citizenship in New Jersey or any other state is a long and involved process. Once you become a lawful permanent resident, you are approaching the end stages of naturalization. There are several requirements for applying to be naturalized, starting with the fact that you must be a permanent resident for at least five years.
What are the residency requirements?
You must be at least 18 to submit your paperwork, and you must be able to prove that you have had lawful permanent resident status for five years. You also must show that you have continually resided in the U.S. for at least five years and been physically present for at least 30 months up until the date you file your forms. You also must have spent at least three months living in a state with jurisdiction over the place where you lived.
Once you meet the residency requirements, the other criteria are intended to show that you are a good choice for naturalization. You need to show that you have good moral character, which generally entails no record of an arrest or charge for a serious criminal offense. You may be required to take an English test depending on your status as well as a civics test, which may be in English or your native language. You’ll have to demonstrate an understanding and attachment to the Constitution of the United States, and you need to swear the Oath of Allegiance.
Getting all the paperwork arranged and taking the right tests at the right time can be a long process. Being prepare and thorough may give you the best chance at having your application for citizenship accepted.