How to Apply for US Citizenship – Become a U.S. Citizen

Congratulations! You are about to embark on a journey that will change your life forever.

If you’re ready, I’ve got some good news: more and more people are applying for U.S. citizenship every year, so it’s never been easier.

In this guide, we’ll walk through the steps of completing an application for naturalization—from collecting documents to attending an interview with an immigration officer.

We’ll also cover what happens after you’ve submitted your application, including taking the oath at a naturalization ceremony (if applicable) and receiving your new green card.

By the end of this process—and if everything goes according to plan—you’ll be American!

Check if you’re eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship.

Before you can apply for U.S. citizenship, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a permanent resident of the United States.
  • Permanent residents have been living in the country for at least five years (unless they have another type of visa).
  • You need to be at least 18 years old or older. If your child is younger than 18 and turns 19, they can apply for benefits instead when they turn naturalization eligible.

You should also be able to read, write and speak English so that it doesn’t affect your ability to understand instructions from USCIS agents during interviews later on down the road when it comes time for them to perform background checks on each applicant before granting any visas or even green cards based off their qualifications which include being able.

Collect your documents.

Now that you’ve decided to apply for citizenship, it’s time to collect the documents needed.

The USCIS website has a complete list of what they expect from each applicant and their documentation requirements.

  • Proof of identity: One document from each category listed below (see below). You can submit more than one document if you have one!
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship: An original or certified copy of your birth certificate or baptismal record, naturalization certificate, or green card (Form I-551) with “Permanent Resident Alien” stamped on it by USCIS at an authorized port-of-entry.
  • Proof of continuous residency in the United States before becoming naturalized as an American citizen: Current passport showing that you were born abroad but were not born outside U.S.-controlled territory during any period covered by this application.
  • Evidence showing good moral character over the past ten years–including criminal background checks done by police agencies in other countries where ever lived between ages 18-21 years old during those ten years

Complete and submit Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.

The first step to applying for U.S. citizenship is completing and submitting Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.

You can download this form from the USCIS website, or you may also request it from your local USCIS office.

If you need help filling out this form, contact an immigration attorney who can assist with all your questions about becoming a citizen of the United States.

Attend your biometrics appointment.

  • What is biometrics?

Biometrics is the process of taking your fingerprints, iris scans and facial images.

Biometrics verify your identity and confirm that you’re eligible for citizenship.

Why should I attend my biometric appointment?

To be able to apply for U.S. citizenship, you must first attend a biometric appointment at an embassy or consulate.

They will collect your fingerprints, photos and other information needed to create an official record of your physical appearance (biographic data).

This record will be used to build a digital image of your face that can later be matched against others who were previously granted permanent residency status through naturalization ceremonies held in various cities around the world during special events hosted by multiple branches from within their organization such as embassies abroad; consular offices located within states where there isn’t one currently operating yet; etcetera.

Pass the English and civics tests.

The naturalization test is comprised of 100 questions and takes about 10 minutes.

You will be asked questions based on U.S. history, government and civics, but some are multiple choice while others are fill-in-the-blank (i.e., “The Bill of Rights” or “What is the purpose of the First Amendment?”).

You must score at least 6 out of 10 correct answers to pass this part of your test!

Attend an interview with an immigration officer.

You’ll be asked to fill out many forms, including an application for citizenship and a medical exam.

If the U.S. government or military has employed you for at least three years, you will also have to pay a fee ($1,000.

The interview will last approximately one hour; you must arrive early so your nerves can settle down during the wait time before entering the room where your consultation will take place.

If possible, in business attire, you should dress and wear shoes appropriate for walking around on concrete floors (try not to wear open-toed sandals).

Make sure that all paperwork is approved before attending any interviews!

Take the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony.

Attend a naturalization ceremony.

The most common way to apply for citizenship is at a naturalization ceremony held at your local U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office or another location designated by USCIS.

Sign the Oath of Allegiance during the ceremony, then receive your Certificate of Naturalization afterwards!

You can make sure your application for U.S. citizenship is complete and correct by following these steps!
  • Make sure you have all the required documents.
  • Make sure your application is filled out.
  • Make sure you attend all necessary appointments.
  • Pass the tests, if applicable (e.g., English, civics).
  • Attend the ceremony!
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This is the beginning of your journey to becoming the U.S.

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