Becoming a U.S. Citizen

The Process

The first step of becoming a citizen.

In order to be naturalized, an applicant must first be qualified to apply for citizenship.

  • At least eighteen years old.
  • A lawful permanent resident of the United States for at least five years at the time of application.
  • Good moral character

Completing the Application

With your attorney, you must,


  • Complete Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
  • Get two photographs of yourself that meet immigration service requirements ( lighting, pose, size, etc..).
  • Collect the necessary documents.
  • Send your application, documents and fee to the appropriate Service Center.
  • The fee is $320 application fee, $70 biometric fee for fingerprinting as of August 2004.

Legal Help

If you are considering becoming a U.S. citizen through naturalization, you should contact an experienced immigration attorney who can guide you through each step of the process and protect your legal rights.