US Citizenship Apply Guide
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Time frame to become a US Citizen:
Normally it takes approximately 6 month from the date the application is filed.
However, according to the news released by US Citizenship and Immigrant Service (USCIS) on 1/16/2008, due to the significant increase in the number of applications filed, processing times have been affected. As a result, average processing times for certain application types filed after June 1, 2007, may become longer. Citizenship applications may take approximately 16-18 months to process.
Following are general 8 steps to become an US Citizen:
Step 1: Find out if you are eligible, here are requirements for becoming an US Citizen:
- Step 1: Find out if you are eligible
- Step 2: Complete an application and collect the necessary documents
- Step 3: Get Photographed
- Step 4: Send your application, documents, and fee to the Service Center
- Step 5: Get Fingerprinted
- Step 6: Being Interviewed
- Step 7: Receive a decision
- Step 8: Take the oath and become a citizen
Step 2: Complete an application and collect the necessary documents:
- Prove a period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States; residence in a particular USCIS District prior to filing.
- If you are at least 18 years old and have been a Permanent Resident for the past 5
years without leaving the United States for trips of 6 months or longer.
- If you are at least 18 years old and are currently married to and living with a U.S. citizen;
and have been married to and living with that same U.S. citizen for the past 3 years without leaving the
United States for trips of 6 months or longer, and your spouse has been a U.S. citizen for the past 3 years.
- Able to read, write, and speak English and have good knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government.
USCIS officers will test you up to 10 civics questions in English and you need to answer at least 6 questions correctly to pass the test.
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- Good moral character
To be eligible for naturalization you must be a person of good moral character.
If you do not tell the truth during your interview, USCIS may deny your application for lacking good moral character.
- Attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution and favorable disposition toward the United States.
- All applicants for naturalization must be willing to support and defend the United States and our Constitution.
The official Naturalization Application Form is the N400 form. You should be warned that N400 is not easy to filled out. There are some questions difficult to understand their meanings. In addition, during the Citizenship interview, USCIS officer will ask you questions about yourself, your family, your employment, criminal background, etc. These questions are normally from N400 form. So in order to pass the Citizenship test, you must understand all the questions on N400 form and be able to answer them on paper and orally during the Citizenship interview.
To help you prepare for N400 form and familiar with the questions, we developed "N400 Prep Guide". The official N400 form is also included in this guide.
In our English-Spanish and English-Chinese N400 Prep Guide bilingual versions, we translated the entire N400 form into Spanish and Chinese. The Preparation Guide is offered in both Audio and Booklet formats. We have received numerous compliments from our customers about N400 Preparation guide. They told us just the translation itself had saved them $1,000s money on immigration lawyers.
You will need to send copies of several documents with your application. How many and
which documents you will need to send will depend on your individual situation. If you do
not send the additional documents with your application, the processing of your application
may be delayed. In most cases,you should send a copy of a document, but you should be
prepared to bring the originals with you to your interview.
USCIS may also ask you to send other documents to us before your interview, or to bring additional documents with you to your interview. Use the Document Checklist make sure you send the correct documents.
Be sure to send an English translation with any document that is not already in English.
The translation must include a statement from the translator that he or she is competent to translate and that the translation is correct. If you do not have a required document and
cannot get a certified copy of the original, submit a certification from the original recording authority explaining why it cannot be provided. In that case USCIS will consider other evidence such as notarized affidavits.
The Document Checklist will tell you when you need to send original documents and when you may send copies. Remember to make and keep copies of all documents you send to USCIS.
Step 3: Get Photographed
You must include 2 standard, passport-style, color photographs with your application. A passport picture taken place normally knows the requirements.
Step 4: Send your application, documents, and fee to the Service Center
The fee for filing your naturalization application is:$595.00
The biometric services fee for having your fingerprints taken is:$ 80.00
You must send total $675.00 fee with your application. Pay the fee with a check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank payable to the Department of Homeland Security. Do not use the initials DHS or USDHS. Do Not Send Cash.
Click here to see where you should mail your application, documents and fee to.
Step 5: Get Fingerprinted
Once you have filed your application, USCIS will send you a letter telling you where and when to have your fingerprints taken.
After getting your fingerprinted, wait for USCIS to schedule your interview
Step 6: Being Interview
USCIS will send you a notice in the mail telling you when and where you must appear for your interview. You will not receive a second notice.
Step 7. Receive a decision
- You should bring the following identification to your interview:
- Your Permanent Resident or Alien Registration Card,
- Your passport (even if it has expired), and
- ny Re-entry Permits you have.
- Answer questions about your application and background.
- Take the English and civics tests
After your interview, you will receive a Form N-652 that gives you information about the results of your interview. Based on all the information you have given USCIS, USCIS will either grant, continue, or deny your naturalization application after your interview.
Step 8: Take the oath and become a citizen
If USCIS approves your application for naturalization, you must attend a ceremony and take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States. USCIS will notify you by mail of the time and date of your ceremony.
You will take the Oath during the ceremony. An official will read each part of the Oath slowly and ask you to repeat his or her words.
You become a citizen as soon as you take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States in a formal naturalization ceremony. Once you have taken the Oath, you will receive your Certificate of Naturalization.
The above are general steps of getting your US Citizenship. For more details or specific guidelines, please see the following:
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