There are several important steps you can take to become a naturalized citizen of the United States. The very first is to determine if you are eligible to become a citizen of the country. For example, you will need to be 18 before you can seek naturalization in the U.S.
Once you determine that you are eligible, there are other steps that you should take. Here’s what you can do next with the help of your attorney.
- Prepare your application for naturalization
The first step to take once you qualify for naturalization is to apply. The application, called Form N-400, has many requirements, so it’s worth talking to your attorney about which documents you should include. There is a document checklist that you should fill out and complete.
- Pay for the application
The reason you should be cautious to include all necessary information in your application is because it is expensive to file for naturalization. If the form and application is rejected, the money will not be refunded to you. As of 2020, the fee for filing your naturalization application is $640 with a biometric service fee of $85.
- Go to your biometrics appointment
Not everyone has a biometrics appointment, but you will be notified of yours and its time, date and location if you need to have your biometrics taken.
- Go to your interview
After all the preliminary steps are completed, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will hold an interview with you. You need to bring the appointment notice with you to the USCIS office at the time and date given to you.
After this, you’ll receive a decision on the form. If you are approved, then you will need to take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States at a naturalization ceremony. Once you do this, you will be recognized as a naturalized citizen of the United States.
This process can take many months, and sometimes years, so it’s important to work closely with your attorney to verify that you submit all the documents that you need to. Doing this will give you the best chance of a quickly passed application.