By: Camille, Claire, and Makenzie Rogers
The Steps to Becoming a Citizen
Determine if you are already a U.S. citizen.
Determine your eligibility to become a U.S. citizen.
Go to the biometrics (fingerprinting) appointment, if applicable.
Complete the interview.
Receive a decision from USCIS on your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
Receive a notice to take the Oath of Allegiance.
Take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.
Understand your rights and responsibilities as a U.S. citizen.
Requirements for Becoming a Citizen
18 years of age
green card holder for at least 5 years, or be married to a U.S citizen and living with them for at least 3 years
physically present in the United States for at least 30 months during the last 5 years. ( ½ the time)
not having left the U.S for too long of periods during the past 5 years
have residence in the district where you are applying for at least 3 months
have good moral character
ability to speak, write, read, and understand basic English
basic knowledge of U.S history, government, and civics
willing to take the oath of allegiance to the United States.
An applicant must be old enough to hold their responsibility in the United States. They must have experienced enough time in the U.S, and must have good character and knowledge of the country and it’s ways. The U.S wants to make sure they are adding good quality people, who the U.S will benefit from. They use this process of citizenship to ensure that the people added to the U.S. will love and protect it, just as much as born and raised Americans.