Filing for U.S. Citizenship

by | Feb 23, 2024 | IMMIGRATION LAW

Filing for U.S. Citizenship | Law Office of Todd Becraft

In filing for U.S. citizenship, you typically need to follow these general steps:

1. **Check Eligibility**: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for becoming a U.S. citizen. This typically involves holding a green card (permanent residency) for a certain period of time, being of good moral character, and meeting residency requirements.

2. **Prepare Form N-400**: Complete Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. This form is available on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. Make sure to fill it out accurately and completely.

3. **Gather Supporting Documents**: Collect the necessary supporting documents, such as your green card, passport-sized photos, evidence of your eligibility, and any other required documentation specified in the form instructions.

4. **Submit Form N-400 and Supporting Documents**: Mail your completed Form N-400 along with the supporting documents to the appropriate USCIS address. Be sure to include the required filing fee, unless you qualify for a fee waiver.

5. **Attend Biometrics Appointment**: After USCIS receives your application, you will be scheduled for a biometrics appointment where your fingerprints, photo, and signature will be taken for background checks.

6. **Attend Interview**: If your application is approved, you will be scheduled for an interview with a USCIS officer. During the interview, you will be asked questions about your application and your background.

7. **Take Civics and English Test**: As part of the naturalization process, you will need to demonstrate your knowledge of English and U.S. civics by passing tests in these subjects. Study materials for these tests are available on the USCIS website.

8. **Officer Questions**: The officer will be concerned primarily with four (4) areas of concentration. 1. Whether you have abandoned you green card because you remained out side the United States for an extended period. 2. Do you owe Federal Taxes? 3. Are you up to date on any child support payments you may be resposible for? 4. Do you have any arrests that make you inadmissable or deportable?

8. **Receive Decision**: After completing the interview and tests, USCIS will make a decision on your application. If approved, you will receive a Notice of Action (Form N-652) indicating the results of your application. Very often you will be notified of the decision at the interview particularly if it’s a positive outcome.

9. **Take Oath of Allegiance**: If your application is approved, you will be scheduled to attend a naturalization ceremony where you will take the Oath of Allegiance to become a U.S. citizen. Since the Covid pandemic, at least in the Los Angeles region, you will probably be sworn in the same day as the interview if your application was approved.

It’s essential to follow all instructions carefully and ensure that you provide accurate information throughout the process of filing for U.S. citizenship. If you have any questions or concerns, consider consulting our office for further assistance.

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