What is the U.S. citizenship process?
To become a U.S. citizen, you must first complete and file an application for citizenship (Form N-400) with the USCIS. You can complete your application using FileRight.com with step by step guidance.
Once your application is approved, you will be scheduled to take the U.S. citizenship test and interview. Once you pass, you will attend a Naturalization Ceremony where you will take the Oath of Allegiance and officially become a U.S. citizen.
What is Form N-400?
The application for U.S. citizenship is the USCIS Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. Completing this application and filing it with the government (along with supporting documents) is the first part of the naturalization process. Once your application is approved, you will be scheduled for the citizenship test and interview, and then take the Citizenship Oath.
What is the citizenship test & interview?
After your application for U.S. citizenship is approved, you will be scheduled for a citizenship test and interview. The citizenship test is two part: English language (speaking, reading, writing) and U.S. history and civics. The interview is a series of simple questions, many of which you may have already answered on your application.
How long does it take to become a U.S. citizen?
In most cases, it takes about six months to become a citizen from the time you file your application with the USCIS. However, there is always the possibility of the process taking longer due to backlogs in applications or other delays. We encourage you to get started today. Completing your application through FileRight.com can speed up the process. FileRight uses barcode technology to allow for your application to be processed quicker than forms completed by hand.
What are the requirements for citizenship?
There are five basic requirements to become a U.S. citizen, a process called naturalization. These requirements are:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have a green card for 5 years (3 if married to a U.S. citizen)
- Have lived continuously in the U.S. for the past 5 years
- Have been physically present in the U.S. for the past 30 months
- Meet the good moral character requirement
- You can see if you qualify for citizenship by taking FileRight.com’s free eligibility quiz.
Is it possible to get U.S. citizenship if you do not meet the basic requirements?
(Are there special circumstances that might make you eligible?)
While 90 percent of U.S. citizenship applicants meet the basic requirements, there are special circumstances that could make you eligible. People who have served in the U.S. military or are relatives of those who have served might be able to apply for citizenship without meeting some of the physical presence or residence requirements. To see if you’re eligible, take FileRight.com’s eligibility quiz.
What are the advantages (or benefits) of becoming a U.S. citizen?
U.S. citizens enjoy many rights that are not available to permanent residents (green card holders).
- The right to vote
- Automatic citizenship for children under 18
- Freedom from deportation
- Sponsor more relatives to the U.S. including parents, siblings and married children — without having to wait for a visa
- Travel freely with a U.S. passport
- No travel restrictions. While permanent residents cannot leave the U.S. for more than a year at time without permission, U.S. citizens can travel freely.