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Naturalization

What Do I Need to Do to Apply for U.S. Citizenship?

After you have held a green card (lawful permanent resident status) for five years or more, you usually will qualify to apply for United States citizenship through the naturalization process. If you are married to a U.S. citizen, you might be eligible after only three years. You must also meet other criteria, including a requirement that you have resided continuously in the U.S. for five years – or three years if you are married to a U.S. citizen. You’ll also need to demonstrate good moral character and basic skill in the English language and U.S. history, as well as knowledge of how the U.S. government works. If you are successful, you will have most of the same rights that natural-born U.S. citizens enjoy. If you want to enjoy all the rights of U.S. citizenship, our immigration attorneys can help. If you think you’re eligible, start your naturalization process today.

How Do I Start the Process?

During your first appointment with one of our experienced naturalization attorneys, we’ll review your qualifications to make sure you are eligible to apply for naturalization. If you’re eligible, we’ll help you gather the information you need to fill out the USCIS’ N-400 form, which is your official application for citizenship. If you need other documents to support your application, we’ll create a list and help you gather everything you need. We’ll also provide some sample questions that will help you sail through your interview. Once you have everything you need, we’ll help you fill out the N-400 form and send it off to the USCIS. If you’d like to apply for U.S. citizenship, book an appointment with one of our immigration attorneys today.
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What Will Happen at My Interview?

You’ll need to bring your green card and state ID or driver’s license to the interview to confirm your identity. At the interview, a USCIS officer will review all the answers you provided on your N-400 form. As they go through the information, they will ask you to confirm whether the information is still true. If any of the information has changed, you’ll need to declare those changes and provide proof of those changes if needed. Then, the officer will ask you a series of questions, much like they did at your green card interview. The officer will ask you to read a sentence in English and write a sentence they dictate. Finally, you’ll take a 10-question test on U.S. civics and history. Answer six of them correctly, and you will pass the test. It might sound scary, but with the proper preparation, it should be fairly easy. Our attorneys can help you prepare for everything you’ll face during the interview, so you can relax and enjoy the process.