Naturalization and U.S. citizenship immigration law
Guiding you through becoming a U.S. citizen
We can help you through the naturalization process
Are you thinking about how to become a U.S. citizen? If yes, then you have come to the right place! Hundreds and thousands of people apply every year for U.S. citizenship, but not everyone manages to attain citizenship in the U.S., with some even ending up in removal proceedings. It is crucial to thoroughly review all the eligibility requirements for U.S. citizenship before applying. This is why we are here, to provide you with years of experience and guidance to help you through becoming a U.S citizen.
Naturalization and U.S. citizenship process
Eligibility requirements for U.S. citizenship:
- You must be at least eighteen years old.
- You must have been a permanent resident of the U.S. for at least five years or three years if you are married to a U.S. citizen.
- You must be physically present in the U.S. for at least half of your residency period.
- You must not have left for another country for more than one year at one time. Frequent trips abroad over six months and less than one year at a time may result in interruptions in the continuity of your permanent resident status and cause complications in your naturalization application.
- You must have a good moral character.
- You must swear loyalty to the U.S. government.
Most common options for naturalization
How to apply for naturalization
Fill out form N-400:
- Copy of permanent residency card.
- Marriage certificate (if applicable).
- Relevant supporting documents to prove the bona fide nature of your marriage
- Copy of official military orders (if applicable).
Once you have completed your application you will have to submit it to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The filing fee of Form N-400 is subject to incremental government increases and can be seen by going to the USCIS Application for Naturalization. Citizenship application processing time varies and can be looked up by going to the USCIS Processing Times.
Interview and U.S. citizenship test:
Oath of allegiance:
Potential problems during naturalization
Identifying your family’s situation
How your application could get denied
There are many reasons why your naturalization application could get denied. The most common are as follows:
You don’t meet the eligibility requirements
Above we noted the exact criteria that are required to become a U.S. Citizen. If you do not meet them, you will likely get denied.
Incomplete documents or proper documentation not filed
The naturalization application has to be completed in full and all of the correct information has to be stated. Simply filling out this form wrong, missing a page, or failing to send in the proper documents can cause your application to be denied.
Failing the citizenship tests or interview
Not meeting deadlines
There are specific timelines by which documents have to be completed and submitted. Paperwork that is submitted late will not reach the government employees at the time of review, therefore
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Frequently asked naturalization & citizenship questions
There is no formal dress code set by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for the citizenship interview, and what you wear during the interview won’t affect the outcome of your application. However, it must be kept in mind that since you will be meeting a federal officer who has the discretion to decide the outcome of your application, so it is advised to dress business casual for your citizenship interview. Learn more about the USCIS interview here:
Typically, a citizenship interview doesn’t last longer than an hour, however this is not the fixed time, and may vary from person to person.