For those looking to become naturalized U.S. citizens based on their permanent residency, the following guide will provide an overview of the process.
Assembling the Package
1. Complete N-400
2. 2 Passport Style Photos
1. Photocopy of both sides of green card (I-551 or I-151)
2. Photocopy of passport
3. Driver's license
4. Check or money order for $680 addressed to Department of Homeland Security
5. If based on marriage:
a. Spouse's birth certificate, certificate of naturalization, or passport
b. Marriage certificate
c. Proof of prior divorces (if applicable)
d. Documents referring to you and your spouse (tax returns, bank accounts, birth certificates of children)
6. If based on military service:
a. Form N-426 Request for Certification of Military Service
7. Form N-648, Medical Disability Exception (if applicable)
o After filing, you will receive a receipt of acknowledgment within 2 weeks.
o Within 2-3 months, you will be sent an appointment card for fingerprinting, and after that check is completed, you will be sent a date for testing and interview.
o You will be tested on your knowledge of history and government as well as language.
o If you pass, you will receive a notice regarding the time and date of the next Naturalization Ceremony.
o You then take the oath of allegiance at the ceremony, receive your certificate, and you are now a citizen.
o The whole process takes around 7 to 9 months to complete.
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