Becoming a U.S. Citizen

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Becoming a U.S. Citizen

Becoming a U.S. citizen gives an individual numerous rights and privileges in accordance with the United States Constitution and applicable federal and state laws. American citizenship also imposes a number of obligations on a person, such as serving on a jury when ordered to do so and paying taxes. Citizenship can be acquired via birth or through naturalization.

What Is Naturalization?

Naturalization is the process an individual who is a non-citizen voluntarily becomes a U.S. citizen. The process is lengthy and requires him to meet eligibility requirements.

How Can I Become a Naturalized Citizen?

The first step to becoming a citizen through naturalization is for the individual to become a permanent resident. This means that they must have a green card for at least five years prior to applying for citizenship. The other eligibility requirements for a person vary depending on their individual situation, such as if they are a minor when they apply for citizenship or if they are serving in the United States military. However, eligibility requirements generally include:

How Many Steps Are in the Naturalization Process?

Generally, you must go through 10 steps if you want to complete the naturalization process:

  1. Determine that you are not a U.S. citizen
  2. Deter eligible to become a U.S. citizen
  3. Complete Form N-400
  4. Submit Form N-400 to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
  5. Complete the biometrics appointment, during which you will be fingerprinted
  6. Be interviewed by a USCIS representative
  7. Wait for the decision from USCIS regarding the Form-400
  8. Receive the Oath of Allegiance notice
  9. Take the Oath of Allegiance
  10. Know the responsibilities and rights associated with being a U.S. citizen

Should I Contact an Attorney about Becoming a U.S. Citizen?

Yes. The process to become a naturalized citizen is complicated. To understand more about the process and receive help with it, contact an immigration attorney.

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Last Modified: 08-11-2015 02:10 PM PDT

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