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How do you become a naturalized citizen of the United States?

On Behalf of | Sep 28, 2021 | Immigration

Immigrants who are living in Texas may want to know how they can become citizens. It gives them the opportunity to build a new life in the United States and look forward to the future. If you are looking to become a naturalized citizen, it’s important to know what steps you must take.

Check your eligibility

Your path to naturalization starts with your eligibility. You should check to see if you can become naturalized in the U.S. Individuals who were born in other countries to the U.S.. citizens will immediately be granted citizenship. You can fill out and file Form N-600 or Form N-600K if you have parents who are citizens or naturalized. These applications are necessary for requesting citizenship.

If you don’t fall under those categories, you can be eligible through the following:

• You have a legal green card and are a legal permanent resident.
• You’ve been married to a U.S. citizen for three years or longer.
• You’ve served in the U.S. military.

Complete and file Form N-400

You must complete and file Form N-400, which is the application for naturalization. Provide all of the necessary information and include two photos of yourself that are clear and current. The form should include details about your education, employment, family, marital history, and any time you’ve spent outside the US while holding a green card.

Make copies of documents

Make copies of all documents and send the copies via mail. Keep the originals to verify your identity and all information. You will also want to make copies of your birth certificate, passport, and green card. Make sure to copy the front and back of the latter.

Send your application

Once you have all the documents needed for your application, send the package to USCIS. You should include the payment for the application fee via check or money order.

Get fingerprinted

You will have to get fingerprinted as the next part of your application for naturalization. This will take place at a USCIS office. A background check will also be performed on you to ensure that you don’t have a serious criminal record. Bring your original documents with you.

Attend your interview

You will need a naturalization interview with USCIS. It will be scheduled and you’ll be asked some questions. You will get notice of the date, time, and place of your interview. You should arrive 30 minutes beforehand.

Take tests

You’re required to take English and civics tests as part of your naturalization application process. You should be able to correctly answer questions regarding U.S. laws. You might want to study ahead of time.

After these steps, you will have to wait to hear the decision from USCIS. If you are approved and are granted citizenship, you can look forward to taking your Oath of Allegiance at a later date.