How to Apply for U.S. Citizenship Through Naturalization
Immigration Attorney For N-400 Applications
Becoming a naturalized citizen is an exciting moment. After years of waiting, immigrants embark on this integral process to form their American identity and establish permanent roots. Although applying for naturalization is simpler than applying for a green card, there are still legal hurdles to conquer before you get approved including an interview and civics test.
Todd Becraft, the best immigration attorney in Los Angeles has years of experience helping clients naturalize! Successful applications often require legal immigration help, especially during the COVID-19 epidemic. There is little room for mistakes with limited in-person interviews and appointments.
Becraft will ensure that your application is complete and accurate. Missing information or discrepancies are the easiest way to get denied. It could also cost you your green card status. This article provides a general overview of the naturalization process. For more insight into your specific case, we recommend reaching out to our law offices of immigration in Los Angeles.
What Do I Need to Submit for My Naturalization Application?
The naturalization application is available to download on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. Form N-400 is the most important part of the process. Here’s what you’ll need!
All applicants need to submit a copy of their green card.
Applicants living abroad need two color photos like a U.S. passport. It should include your name with an A-number listed on the back.
Married? You’ll need evidence of your marriage (or annulment/death certificate).
Supporting documents might be a requirement if you have a disability or need to verify your eligibility.
A fee of $725 is required. That includes $640 for the application and $85 for biometrics. USCIS will accept payment by check, money order, or credit card. Keep in mind that credited payments require applicants to fill out Form G-1450 (Authorization for Credit Transactions).
Reduced fees are available for individuals with a family income between 150% – 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The application fee would drop down to $320. The biometric fee remains the same.
Cover letters are optional. A Los Angeles citizenship lawyer would recommend you submit one to explain crucial details or address special requests like waivers and accommodations.
Note: Always make a copy of your application before sending it to the USCIS.
This part of the naturalization application might seem nerve-wracking. We can assure you it is not. After the USCIS accepts your application, they will send a notice requiring you to get fingerprinted at the nearest application support center. If the date of your appointment conflicts with your schedule a LA naturalization lawyer can help you request another date.
The USCIS will send a response within several months. Only then will you receive an invitation to interview. During the interview an immigration officer will review your application. You’ll know whether they approve or deny your citizenship at the end.
Test of English Language: If English is not your first language this might be the most challenging part of the exam. Part of the interview will test you on your ability to read and speak English. A citizenship and naturalization lawyer from Becraft Law might urge you to:
Take a local class
Utilize the study prep on the USCIS website
Take practice tests online that focus on key vocabulary
Civics Exam: The USCIS officer will also administer a civics test. You’ll be presented with a list of questions regarding U.S. history and government. You will need to get 60% of the questions right to pass. Study materials are also available online or directly on the USCIS website.
What Happens Next?
After your interview, a USCIS officer will review your application. They’ll ask you questions directly from Form N-400 to verify your eligibility and reassess your ability to speak, read, and write in English.
If approved the USCIS will schedule you for a swearing-in ceremony! Only then will you officially naturalize. If denied, you can reschedule for another interview within 90 days.
For more information on the application process call 213-388-1821 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a consultation.
About The Law Offices of Todd Becraft
At The Law Offices of Todd Becraft, our immigration attorneys recognize how overwhelming the visa, immigration, and naturalization processes can be. Each client deserves an individualized approach that pertains to their unique situation.
When you choose us – you can expect a thorough analysis of your case, extensive preparation, combined with our years of experience and expertise. Our commitment to excellence and thoughtful approach to a diverse range of immigration matters set us apart from other law firms. Contact us if you’re inquiring about: