USCIS Issues Eligible to Naturalize Fact Sheet for the Dallas/Fort Worth Area

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released an Eligible to Naturalize Fact Sheet for Texas, focusing on the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area. The fact sheet shares key demographic factors of individuals who are Lawful Permanent Residents (“LPRs”), such as countries of birth, age, gender and number of years in LPR status.

According to the fact sheet, the top five countries of birth from those who are LPRs in the region are Mexico, India, Vietnam, China and Burma. A majority of 60,850 green card holders were born in Mexico, followed by India with 19,450 people.

Three Texas counties are home to 87 percent of the eligible to naturalize population: Dallas County, Tarrant County and Collin County. Dallas County alone accounts for nearly half of eligible individuals. USCIS found that the majority of people who qualify for U.S. citizenship are in the 30 to 39 years old age range, and 54 percent of them are female.

The fact sheet also shared LPRs by category of admission. Most green card holders obtained LPR status by being immediate relatives of U.S. citizens. The other top admission categories were other family based immigrants, employment-based immigrants, refugees and asylees, and the diversity visa beneficiaries.

A green card holder can become a naturalized U.S. citizen after fulfilling certain eligibility requirements, such as length of time as an LPR, in addition to meeting many other requirements. USCIS data shows that most people spend between five to 11 years as LPRs.

The USCIS fact sheet aims to help increase awareness of potential eligibility for naturalization. It is part of a government initiative to encourage eligible LPRs to apply for U.S. citizenship.