The entire naturalization process is comprised of several steps. From filing the N-400 to taking the Oath of Allegiance, it may take 8 to 12 months if everything goes smoothly.
Step By Step
If you fulfill the eligibility criteria mentioned above, you can apply for citizenship based on your marital union.
Here, we will go through the basic steps on the pathway to becoming a U.S. citizen through naturalization.
File Form N-400
Form N-400 defines various reasons for filing for citizenship or naturalization. It includes a bona fide marriage to a U.S. citizen. You will have to follow the instructions of the USCIS (the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services).
To file Form N-400, you will need the following documents:
- Copy of your Permanent Resident Card
- Copy of your marriage certificate
- Evidence that your marital union is a bona fide, like a wedding photo album and other supportive evidence
- Two passport-style photos.
Pay the Filing Fees
The filing fee of $640 has to be paid to the government agency. Also, if you are under the age of 75, you will need to pay an $85 fee to process biometric information to complete your application. On the USCIS website, you can find information on how to pay your fees.
When the USCIS processes your application, you will receive a notification about the date and time of interviews and tests you need to pass for your application to succeed. Usually, you will be required to write and pass a civics test that we mentioned above.
Receive Your Citizenship
Upon your application is successfully processed, USCIS will grant you U.S. citizenship. The process of your naturalization will depend on your situation.