How to become a naturalized citizen
Determine if you are already a U.S. citizen
Determine your eligibility to become a U.S. citizen.
Prepare for N-400, application for naturalization
Submit form N-400, application for naturalization.
for the purpose of conducting Federal Bureau
of Investigation (FBI) criminal background
checks. All applicants must have background
checks completed before USCIS will schedule
an interview. If you are 75 years old or older at
the time of filing, you are exempted from the
fingerprint requirements, but are subject to all
other background checks.
Complete the interview
Once all the preliminary processes on your case
are complete, USCIS will give you a interview to complete your naturalization and its very important not to miss your interview.
Receive a decision from USCIS on your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
Not granted USCIS will deny your N-400 and your not eligible
Receive a notice to take the Oath of Allegiance.
Take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States
You are not a U.S. citizen until you take the Oath
of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony. The
oath is administered by USCIS at an administrative
ceremony or by a judge in a judicial ceremony.
Understanding U.S. citizenship
Citizenship is the common thread that connects
all Americans. rights and responsibilities that all
citizens—both Americans by birth and by choice—
should exercise, honor, and respect. While some of
these responsibilities are legally required of every
citizen, all are important to ensure the continued
vitality of our country and democracy.