A stick figure silhouette holding an American flag. With effort and preparation, your United States citizenship application will lead you to become a full-fledged American citizen.
Form N-400, Application for U.S. Citizenship, is the form used by permanent residents (Green Card holders) to become citizens of the United States. It is how you tell the government that you desire to become a full citizen.
Processing this application takes many months and there are a lot of steps. You will need to go through interviews, take tests, and possibly get biometrics. The final step is attending a naturalization ceremony.
Some exceptional reasons for becoming a U.S. citizen include the ability to help your relatives immigrate easier, the right to vote, and the right to hold a U.S. passport. You also won't need to apply for green card renewal anymore.
You will have all the protections afforded to citizens by law, including the right to stay in the country for the rest of your life. You may also benefit from dual citizenship, as the U.S. does not require you to give up your prior citizenship.
The following are the essential requirements for applying for citizenship, a process called naturalization:
The United States wants to make sure you can support yourself, follow the law, and get used to America’s culture and way of life before granting citizenship. This is why the requirements are so strict.
If you meet the requirements above, it’s time to look at the U.S. Citizenship Application. Besides the form, you will need to include a lot of additional documentation, just like you did to get your Permanent Resident card.
These include documents that will help the USCIS decide whether you have good moral character, such as criminal records and tax records. FileRight can help you find the documents you need so you only have to apply once.
According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the current documents you need along with your Form N-400 include:
As we mentioned, there are later steps you’ll have to follow to complete the citizenship process. We will get the form right for you, but then it’s up to you to pass the naturalization interview and the two required tests for English and Civics.
Our blog resources can help prepare you on these topics and even the USCIS has plenty resources for immigrants to help them prepare for these important steps. If you are working with an immigration lawyer, they likely have material you can use to prepare.
Filing USCIS Form N-400 for U.S. Citizenship using FileRight requires the following fees:
There are ways to get the USCIS to discount the application fee, but you will need to apply for a waiver and send it more information to prove that paying the fee is a hardship for you.
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