The naturalization process consists of several necessary steps that require dedication and determination.
The most obvious step is to determine if you are already a citizen. If not, you can proceed to the process of becoming one.
The steps toward naturalization
Before you can take the first step, you must determine if you are eligible for citizenship by reviewing the naturalization eligibility worksheet. Then you can follow these steps:
- Complete your application, known as the N-400 form and submit it along with the applicable fees.
- Have your biometrics taken if the USCIS sends you an appointment with a scheduled date, time and location.
- Show up for your interview to complete the application process and await the decision from the USCIS regarding your N-400 form.
If you receive an approval, it will likely happen during the interview. At that point, you are ready for the naturalization ceremony. It could even occur on the same day as your interview. Finally, you will turn in your permanent resident card and take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.
Understanding your citizenship
As a U.S. citizen, you have the right to vote in local, state and federal elections. You can also serve on a jury, travel using a U.S. passport and bring your family members to the U.S. You also have the right to hold a position given to elected officials and apply for jobs with the federal government.
The paperwork and required documentation can be challenging. You have the ability to seek help in completing your application.