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Naturalization – How To Become A US Citizen

Once you have a green card, how and when can you become a US citizen through naturalization?

The process of becoming a citizen of the United States is becoming increasingly complex, lengthy, and expensive.

Previously, the N-400 citizenship application was just 4 pages long, and the government filing fee was $15. Today, the N-400 form is 20 pages long with 18 pages of instructions, and the government filing fee is $725. In some USCIS offices, it can take over a year to get a naturalization interview.

At KPB Immigration Law Firm, we aim to simplify the process so that immigrants can understand the requirements and the process of becoming American citizens.

Eligibility Requirements for US Citizens

  • Be a lawful permanent resident of the United States for 5 years, or 3 years if married to a U.S. citizen for a minimum of 3 years (although there are certain exceptions to this requirement for persons who have honorable service in the U.S. Armed Forces).
  • Be physically present in the United States for over 50% of the required residency period.
  • Be a person of good moral character.
  • Take an oath of loyalty to the United States.
  • Be able to speak, read, and write simple words and phrases in the English language (although there are certain exceptions to this rule).
  • Pass a test in US history and government.

Naturalization Process

In general, the process includes the following steps:

  • Determine if you are already a U.S. citizen.
  • Determine your eligibility to become a U.S. citizen.
  • Prepare Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
  • Submit Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
  • Go to the biometrics (fingerprinting) appointment, if applicable.
  • 6. Complete the interview.
  • Receive a decision from USCIS on your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
  • Receive a notice to take the Oath of Allegiance.
  • Take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.
  • 1Understand your rights and responsibilities as a U.S. citizen.

Where do I start?

At KPB, our experienced immigration attorneys are here to guide you through the naturalization process. Book a consultation today to discuss your eligibility, requirements, and any questions you may have.