1. What does the naturalization process look like?
- In order to become a U.S. citizen, you must apply with the N-400, Application for Naturalization form with USCIS.
- Using Road to Status’s software, prepare your application and use our instructions to gather the evidence you need to support your application. Once everything is ready, you will submit it to USCIS for review.
- Once USCIS has received your application, they will send you a notice for a biometrics appointment where they will take your photo and fingerprints.
- If USCIS determines that it additional information is needed, you may receive a Request for Evidence.
- Once all of USCIS’s questions have been answered and the application is done being processed at the service center, you will be scheduled for an appointment where you will take the U.S. citizenship test and be interviewed. Once you pass, you will attend a Naturalization Ceremony, take the Oath of Allegiance, and officially become a United States citizen.
2. What is the purpose of the N-400 form?
The N-400 is the form used to apply for United States citizenship.
3. Do I qualify to become a U.S. Citizen?
In order to apply to become a U.S. Citizen, you must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have had a green card for 5 years (or 3 years if you are married to a U.S. citizen)
- Have been continuously living in the United States for the past 5 years
- Have been physically present in the United States. for 30 of the previous 60 months
- Meet the good moral character requirements
4. Can I still become a citizen if I do not meet the basic requirements?
Although most U.S. citizenship applicants will meet the basic requirements, there are some special circumstances in which you can apply for citizenship without meeting all of the basic requirements. These may include:
- People who served in the U.S military
- Relatives of someone who has served in the U.S. Military
*These people may be able to apply for citizenship without meeting the physical presence and residence requirements for citizenship.
5. How long does this process take?
On average, it takes about 6 months to become a citizen after you have submitted your application to USCIS, but processing times are always changing and may vary depending on your local office.
6. What are the benefits of becoming a U.S. Citizen?
Some of the benefits of becoming a US citizen include:
- Freedom from the threat of deportation
- The right to vote
- The right to travel freely with a U.S. passport
- Certain tax, education, and other federal benefits
- Automatic citizenship for children under 18
- The ability to sponsor relatives to the United States (includes parents, siblings, and married children)