I have been living in the United States since I was five years old, and I am going to be twenty this coming August. I went to elementary school, junior high and high school here. I am also attending college in the United States. I have heard from my ex-girlfriend’s mother that after a certain number of years, legal U.S. residents get automatic citizenship. I hope that this is true, as it seems pretty absurd to me that I would have to pay, from what I heard, $500 to take a citizenship test that I could have probably passed in the sixth grade. Does anyone know if automatic or free citizenship is possible for legal long-time U.S. residents?

Thank you.
TG79:

Your hostile reply shows me that you did not think what you wrote through before you clicked that reply icon. I think that it is completely absurd for the government to require me to take such a test to prove my “Americanism.” It is completely baseless, unless you want to consider the money-making aspect of it. I have excelled in both history and English in and out of school, and my twin brother (who also has to apply for citizenship) scored an 800 on his verbal SAT, not to mention studying poetry, Latin, Greek, classical literature and political science on his own and in college. But according to you, proof of our desire to become U.S. citizens resides in whether or not we want to pay $500 for an elementary school-level test.
TG79 (continued):

Any reasonable person can conclude that someone who enters the U.S. when they are five, goes through school just like any other “regular” American and attains high grades is just as knowledgeable about U.S. history and English as a person who was born here. And dare I say that we are even more knowledgeable? Let me not look for points in modesty, but in reality; my brother was the best writer in our AP English class, and I was second. That came from a good knowledge of English. My brother was the best history student in that particular class, and I came in second. That came from a good knowledge of history. So, considering everything that I just wrote, how can you possibly justify the $500 test requirement?
TG79 (continued):

I don’t think that those who are born in the U.S. have “Americanism” somehow flowing through their veins, and those who are not born elsewhere but live here do not. Unless you have some kind of scientific data that I am unaware of? I have lived and breathed here just like any other American, and even did better in school than most Americans, but now that I reach my twentieth birthday, I hear that, for some inexplicable reason, I have to pay $500 to maintain the same rights as most other legal U.S. residents?

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Thank you to those who have answered respectfully and did not want to intice a philosophical or political debate, although I enjoy those. I will call the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office and ask them about my situation.

Thanks.

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