How to Become A US Citizen

By Bailey Brown and Emily Goebel

Do you want to become a citizen of the U.S.? Follow these steps

  1. Make sure you're not already a citizen. If you were born in the US or one or both of your parents were citizens, you may already be a citizen. (refer to Form N-600 or Application for Certificate of Citizenship)

  2. Make sure you meet the qualifications listed below
  3. Prepare Form N-400 to apply for citizenship
  4. Submit Form N-400
  5. Go to biometrics appointment if you qualify
  6. Complete the interview
  7. Get decision from USCIS about your application
  8. Get notice to take oath of allegiance
  9. Take the oath of allegiance
  10. Begin life as a U.S. citizen
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  • You must be 18 years or older before you file Form N-400
  • You must be a permanent resident for 5 years and have a green card before filing a form
  • Posses proof that you have lived in the United States for at least 5 years
  • You must have proof that you have been present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the 5 years immediately before the date you file a form
  • You must have proof that you've lived in the state that you applied for 3 months or more
  • You must be of good moral character
  • Hold tight to the ideals in the constitution
  • Be able to use basic English
  • Know basic U.S. History and government
  • Pledge allegiance to the U.S.

Becoming a U.S. citizen brings its own rewards, but also its own obligations, make sure you're ready to accept all of them.

Some rights and responsibilities of being an American citizen:

Rights Responsibilities

Rights: Responsibilities:

  1. Freedom of religion 1. Paying taxes
  2. Freedom of speech 2. Jury duty
  3. Right to bear arms 3. Obey laws