To immigrate to the U.S., you must first secure a visa, which allows you to enter and reside in America for a specified period of time. Then you must secure a green card, which makes you a legal permanent resident. Once you have lived in the U.S. as a legal permanent resident for five years, you may then be eligible to be "naturalized" as a U.S. citizen. (The residency requirement is reduced to three years if you are also married to a U.S. citizen.)
Immigrants wishing to be naturalized also have to be at least eighteen years old, demonstrate good moral character, be fluent and literate in English, demonstrate a knowledge of U.S. history and government, and take an oath of allegiance to the U.S. Furthermore, you must have lived for three months in the USCIS district or state where you are applying for naturalization.
To learn more about naturalization and to download the application for naturalization (Form N-400), click here.
- To learn about visas in Nevada, click here.
- To learn about green cards in Nevada, click here.
- To go back to our immigration in Nevada main page, click here.
Call for help
If you are an immigrant or other non-citizen living in Nevada facing criminal charges or other criminal issues, our Las Vegas immigrant defense attorneys may be able to help. Call us at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) to schedule a free consultation.