Naturalization

By: Camille, Claire, and Makenzie Rogers

Naturalized Citizen

A naturalized citizen is the act of someone who was not born in the united states, and is voluntarily becoming a citizen.

The Steps to Becoming a Citizen

  1. Determine if you are already a U.S. citizen.

  2. Determine your eligibility to become a U.S. citizen.

  3. Prepare Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.

  4. Submit Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.

  5. Go to the biometrics (fingerprinting) appointment, if applicable.

  6. Complete the interview.

  7. Receive a decision from USCIS on your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.

  8. Receive a notice to take the Oath of Allegiance.

  9. Take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.

  10. 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.

Conclusion

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.

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