Massachusetts sees boom in applications for US citizenship
Jun. 03, 2016
BOSTON (AP) — Officials say Massachusetts has experienced a large surge in the number of immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship in the state so far this year.
The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/25E8xNs ) 8,000 people applied for citizenship in Massachusetts from January to March. That number represents a 30 percent increase from the previous quarter.
Officials say roughly two-thirds of immigrants who applied for citizenship this quarter have been approved. To be eligible to apply for citizenship, immigrants must be at least 18 years old and a legal permanent resident of the country for at least five years or three years if they are married to a U.S. citizen.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services spokeswoman Paula Grenier acknowledged the application boom and said the agency typically sees its highest numbers from March through May.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com