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About U.S. Citizenship through Naturalization

Application through naturalization is the process by which a lawful permanent resident becomes a U.S. Citizen. Anyone having a green card who fulfills the required criteria can apply for U.S citizenship by filing Form N-400.

N-400 form asks a few simple questions to collect biographical information about applicants and determine whether they meet all the citizenship eligibility requirements. Applicants may also need to go through interviews, take tests, and get biometrics to complete the entire application process. However, filing this form with USCIS is the first step in naturalization, a step toward becoming a U.S citizen.

Eligibility to Apply for U.S. Citizenship

Before applying for naturalization, an applicant must fulfill the following requirements of the U.S. government:

  1. The applicant must be at least 18 years old and have had a Permanent Resident card in usual cases for five years and in special circumstances (if he/she is married to a U.S. citizen) for three years.
  2. The petitioner must not have taken six months or longer trips outside of the United States during this time span.
  3. Before applying, the applicant has to physically live in the United States for at least 30 months (2.5 years).
  4. The citizenship seeker must have been a resident of the state for at least three months, where he will submit the citizenship application.
  5. The candidate needs to have a good command of the English language and sufficient knowledge to take the civics test covering U.S history, government and society
  6. The petitioner must consent to serve in the U.S. military or perform civilian service for the United States if required.
  7. Besides upholding the U.S constitution, the petitioner must respect and follow all local, state, and federal laws.

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Required Documents to Apply for U.S. Citizenship

The naturalization application file must include supporting documents with Form N-400. Applicants must have the following documents in hand to apply for citizenship.

  1. Double-sided copy of your Permanent Resident card, aka green card (Form I-551)
  2. A copy of your marriage certificate or death certificate of former spouses (if applicable)
  3. Proof of application fee payment
  4. Two copies of passport size photographs if you apply from outside the U.S.
  5. Form N-426, Request for Certification of Military or Naval Service if you apply for citizenship based on military service.
  6. Tax documents
  7. Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, if you want to skip the naturalization test due to a qualifying medical condition.
  8. English translations of the documents that are in a foreign language.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Benefits of being a United States Citizen include but are not limited to:
1. Open the U.S. immigration door to your relatives
2. Have the right to vote in the United States
3. No travel restrictions
4. Get an American Passport to travel around the world
5. No more renewal of your Green Card
6. Have all the state and federal protections
7. Be eligible for govt services

No, You can file a naturalization application yourself, both physically and online

You can apply for naturalization as many times as you wish, but keep in mind that you have to pay the filing fee for each Form N-400 you submit.

Divorcing your spouse is not a bar to naturalization but might raise additional questions in the interview.

Yes. You need to bring original copies of some documents to your interview.

You can apply for a U.S. passport at the oath ceremony after receiving your Naturalization Certificate.

Applying for citizenship could likely lead to loss of your U.S. lawful permanent residence status in case of denial by the USCIS.

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