Legal process by which a citizen of one country becomes a citizen of another. It generally requires that the person (1) be staying in the adopted country for a specified minimum period (typically five years) and will make it his or her permanent residence, (2) is of good character and has not been in violation of immigration laws (or has been given amnesty), (3) has a sufficient knowledge of the local language, and (4) has taken an oath of allegiance to the adopted country.

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  • Carolina knew it would take a long time to process her immigration paperwork, but at least the naturalization process had officially begun and someday she would be an actual citizen.

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  • I suggested that my colleague engage in naturalization to fully immerse himself in the prestigious and joyful American culture and he agreed.

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  • I was hoping that my girlfriend would go through the naturalization process, so she could stay in the country with me.

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