Naturalization and Citizenship

Naturalization and Citizenship

Becoming A U.S. Citizen Through Naturalization

For many Americans, becoming a United States citizen is effortless and automatic at birth. However, for immigrants, becoming a U.S. citizen – and therefore obtaining the right to legally reside in the United States, travel to and from the country, gain the right to vote, and be protected under the Constitution – can be a long and difficult process. One way foreign nationals can gain full citizenship is through naturalization. Consulting with an immigration lawyer in Detroit, Cleveland or Columbus is the best way to reach your goals.

Requirement for Naturalization

Before an individual applies for naturalization, they generally must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years older
  • Be a permanent lawful resident (have a Green Card) for at least five years
  • Be a person of good moral character
  • Be able to read, write, and speak basic English
  • Have basic knowledge of U.S. history and government
  • Have maintained a consistent residence in the U.S. for the past 5 years

Steps To Naturalization

There are typically 10 steps in the naturalization process*.

  1. Determine if you are already a U.S. citizen
  2. Determine your eligibility to become a U.S. citizen
  3. Prepare Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
  4. Submit Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
  5. Attend your biometrics appointment (fingerprinting and identity check)
  6. Complete the interview (includes Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Civics tests)
  7. Receive decision from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
  8. Receive your notice to take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States
  9. Take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States
  10. Understand your rights and responsibilities as a U.S. Citizen

*Source = USCIS

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