You must have been a United States permanent resident for five years - three years if married to a U.S. citizen.
You must have been physically present in the United States for half of the five years - or half of the three if married to a U.S. citizen.
You must be a person of good moral character.
You must have basic knowledge of U.S. government and history.
You must be able to read, write and speak simple English (with some exceptions for older or disabled permanent residents).
You must be at least 18 years old.
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The route to become an naturalized citizen can be a complicated one. In today's anti-immigration climate, the USCIS is scrutinizing applications more carefully than ever. You need to be aware that during the naturalization process your entire immigration file may be reviewed by an immigration officer. This means that the USCIS can review:
Prior representations made to obtain permanent residency;
Marital history if relevant to permanent residency;
Trips outside the United States;
Tax history and representations to the Internal Revenue Service;
Any arrest record.
In my office, I prepare all the forms, keep copies of all submitted documents and forms, keep track of appointments, file the application, and keep my client informed of the progress of their application. I help my client through the entire application process. i give them copies of the questions and answers to help them study for the naturalization test.
Steps to Naturalization
Mail the Application - The USCIS office where you submit you application varies depending on where you live. The USCIS Application for Naturalization (N-400 Form) requires a $595.00 filing fee. Note that fees change often.
Biometrics Appointment - After mailing your application, you will receive a filing receipt and soon thereafter, a letter from the USCIS advising you to appear for fingerprinting.
The USCIS interview - After the fingerprinting appointment, you will receive an appointment notice to be interviewed by a USCIS officer.
Notification - After the interview, the officer will tell you if you passed or if you will receive notice from the USCIS either approving or denying your application.
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