US Citizenship

How to begin the process

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The basics

Naturalization is the legal process for someone from another country to become a U.S. citizen. After that person qualifies to apply for citizenship, they must complete an application and attend an interview. That person must also pass an English and Civics test. After all of these have been completed successfully, that person will take an oath of loyalty and will then become a citizen of the United States.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible you must;

-Be at least 18 years old

-Be a lawful permanent resident of the United States

-Be a resident and physically present in the United States for at least 5 years at the time of application

-Be of good moral character


If you are unsure of this the USCIS provides a Naturalization Eligibility Worksheet to help determine if you are able to apply

If the requirements are met, then you may apply for Naturalization

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Completing your application

While working with your attorney:

Complete form N-400 (the Application for Naturalization)

Get two pictures of your self, they must meet immigration service requirements

Collect the necessary documents

Send you application, documents and fee (320 application fee and 70 biometric fee for fingerprinting) to the appropriate Service Center

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Getting Fingerprinted

For a part of your application, you will be fingerprinted. You will receive an appointment letter from the USCIS, then you will go to the fingerprint location and get your fingerprints taken. You will also need to mail any additional documents if it is requested
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Interview and testing

After you send in your fingerprints you will receive an appointment for your interview. You will bring your identification to your local office at the appointed time. During this time you will have to answer questions about your application and your background. You will also have to take the English and the Civics test. During this time you will receive a decision on your citizenship.
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Take the Oath of Allegiance

Once you have successfully completed the other steps, you get to take the final step: the oath of allegiance. During this time you will receive a ceremony date. At the ceremony you will check in at the ceremony and return your Permanent Resident Card. You will also answer questions about what you've been doing since your interview. Lastly, you get to complete the most important thing, you get to take the Oath of Allegiance.
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You are now a United States Citizen

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