How to become a U.S. Citizen?

There are two ways to become a U.S. citizen: by birth and through naturalization. Those born in the U.S. or to U.S. citizens are considered citizens by birth. Those who are not U.S. citizens by birth or did not acquire U.S. citizenship automatically after birth, may still be eligible to become a citizen through the naturalization process.

Throughout its history, the United States has welcomed newcomers from all over the world. Immigrants have contributed endlessly in helping shape and define the United States. Becoming a U.S. citizen is a very important decision and the pinnacle of immigration. It provides many rights, but also involves many responsibilities. U.S. citizens have many rights that permanent residents (Green Card holders) or others do not have, including the right to vote. To be eligible for naturalization, applicants must first meet certain eligibility requirements set by U.S. law, prepare and submit Form N-400, Application for U.S. Citizenship and undergo the naturalization process. Below you will find a general description of the application process:

  • Check if you qualify for citizenship;
  • Prepare Form N-400;
  • Submit Form N-400, Application for U.S. Citizenship;
  • Go to the biometrics appointment (if applicable),
  • Complete the interview,
  • Receive a final decision from USCIS,
  • Receive a notice to take the Oath of Allegiance; and
  • Take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.

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