How to become a U.S. citizen

A comprehensive list on what to do.

  1. You have to make sure you want to become a citizen. This is major change to make in life and you must be sure this is what you (and your family) want.
  2. You must be at least 18 years old and have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years (or 3 years if you are married to a U.S. citizen) and meet all other eligibility requirements to qualify for citizenship.
  3. Fill out the N-400 form and turn it in along with 2 passport style photos and documents supporting your need to be a U.S. citizen.
  4. You must go and have biometrics done for the purpose of background checking. The biometrics is simply having your fingerprints recorded.
  5. Attendance at the interview for citizenship is a must. An interviewer will ask you questions on why you want to become a U.S. citizen. You will also be required to take a civics and English test to see if you really know anything.
  6. If you are accepted then you then must take the oath of allegiance in a ceremony.
  7. After the ceremony turn in your permanent resident card and receive the certificate of citizenship.

Good luck on becoming a citizen!