How to Become a U.S. Citizen (Part 1)

Carl Michael Shusterman

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Obtaining U.S. citizenship is a major milestone for most immigrants to the United States. In this video, Carl Shusterman, a former INS Attorney (1976-82) whose seven-attorney law firm has assisted thousands of persons across the U.S. in becoming citizens for nearly 30 years, explains the basics of the process.

How long do you have to have a green card in order to apply for U.S. citizenship? Do you qualify as a person of “good moral character"? What kind of questions will you be asked at your citizenship interview? How difficult is the history and government test? Can you become a U.S. citizen without losing the citizenship of your country of birth? Should you go to the interview alone or should you hire an attorney to come with you?

We hope that our video answers many of your questions about the process.

Additional information is available in Part II of this video and on our U.S. Citizenship web page.

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