As President Donald Trump continues to model the hard immigration stance of his administration, becoming a citizen of the US is increasingly a valuable asset for immigrants.
US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a data that revealed a 15 percent increase in the number of immigrants that became US citizens between January and September 2018 (first three quarters of the year) with above 544,000 immigrants receiving citizenship.
A new record was set in the first quarter of 2018 as the three months represents the largest year-to-year increase in Citizenship the country has ever seen.
A more significant percentage of immigrants can become US citizens after holding immigration status of permanent residents for five years or three years for those who marry US citizens
. By implication, the majority of the immigrants that received permanent resident status in 2015 can now apply for citizenship. According to DHS, 13.2 million immigrants got permanent resident status in 2015, and about 9 million of this population would be eligible for citizenship when they submit their applications.
Besides being in the country for five or three years, as the case may be, would-be citizens are required to pay an application fee of $725. Another requirement, which could even be largely challenging for people who grew up in the US, is a citizenship exam which applicants must pass.
Many of the 2015 group began submitting an application for citizenship in 2018 with the hope of being able to vote in the country's next general election.
This trend observed in 2018 could be an indication of even more to come after a period of no significant changes in the annual number of immigrants that got citizenship.
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