The following is the entitlement statute for Naturalization:
- Immediately preceding the date of filing for naturalization the applicant has resided continuously, after being lawfully admitted for permanent residence within the United States for at least five years and during the five years immediately preceding the date of filing his or her application has been physically present therein for periods totaling at least half of that time, and who has resided within the State or within the district of the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the United States in which the applicant filed the application for at least three months,
- Has resided continuously within the United States from the date of application up to the time of admission to citizenship and
- During all the periods referred to in this subsection has been and still is a person of good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the United States. Absences from the U.S. during the statutory period are presumptive and can be overcome. For absences of 6 months or less, there is no break in continuous residence. An absence of more than 6 months but less than a year raises a rebuttable presumption of abandonment of continuous residency for naturalization purposes. The burden is on the alien to show that the continuous residence requirement has been met.