Fact Sheets

The United States has a long history of welcoming immigrants from all parts of the world. During the last decade, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) welcomed more than 7.3 million naturalized citizens into the fabric of our nation. Deciding to become a U.S. citizen is an important milestone in an immigrant’s life. Candidates for citizenship must show they are committed to the unifying principles that bind us as Americans. For that commitment, in return, they will enjoy the rights and privileges fundamental to U.S. citizenship.
The purpose of this report is to update the Trends in Naturalization Rate FY 2014 Update Report. In line with its predecessor, this report focuses on understanding the naturalization trends of lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who are eligible to naturalize. Those who obtained LPR status in the same fiscal year (FY), also known as cohort, were tracked over time to understand their tendency to naturalize within certain time frames. Specifically, we analyzed how often LPRs naturalized within 6-years,1 10-years, and 20-years.
Overview Over 3.7 million people became U.S. citizens between fiscal years (FY) 2015 and 2019.1 This fact sheet summarizes data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization records to provide information on the demographic characteristics of these new citizens.2
The Biden-Harris administration is committed to making the naturalization process both welcoming and accessible to all who are eligible. As part of that effort, President Biden issued Executive Order 14012: Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration System and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans.

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