How hard is it to get your US citizenship?

Do people understand the amount of things that are going against immigrants trying to gain US citizenship?

Ryan Grondine, Staff Writer

When we look back at USA history, we should see just how bad it has been for immigrants to get citizenship. We should wonder why, and should there be a way for naturalization to be easier? Should they keep the standard it is at now even though most citizens would not be able to pass, let alone if they were from a different country with no knowledge of the US?

One major thing that makes the naturalization process so difficult is the time commitment towards the process of naturalization. The amount of time it takes is anywhere from two to ten years. With COVID-19, that time is going to take even longer, as everything was shut down and immigration reports got backlogged so they kept piling up.


The second biggest problem is the money aspect of naturalization. Applicants have to pay $750 to send in the application, not to mention the hundreds or thousands more that may be needed if they have to take English lessons or need immigration layers.

A third reason why getting a green card or citizenship is the actual test itself as most people who already have citizenship do not know the answers and would have a hard time passing it even if they studied as there are a lot of ambiguous questions that you would not know unless you studied for it.

A fourth reason someone may be denied US citizenship is if they do not have a good moral record within the past five years of applying for citizenship. Some of the things they will test are: if you have had a criminal record, are caught lying in the naturalization application, are violating any controlled substance law, habitual drunkenness, illegal gambling, prostitution, polygamy, lying to gain immigration benefits, or fail to pay court-ordered child support or alimony payments. 

A fifth reason is if it is a parent applicant, they have to prove that they financially support their minor children who do not live with them. If a court has ordered an applicant to pay child support, then the applicant must provide evidence showing that they are in compliance with that order.

The sixth and final reason why citizenship might be difficult is because some people may be required to enlist in selective services to prove that they will fight for their country. Male green card holders who are 18 to 25 years old are required to register and must provide their Selective Service Number along with their application for citizenship.

When looking at everything that goes into the US citizenship process the question we should be asking is if it is too much for people to do and should there be easier ways to allow more people to become US citizens quicker, should we lower some of the standards  that we are enforcing in Immigration laws.