10 Steps to Naturalization: Understanding the Process of Becoming a U.S. Citizen

  1. Step 1. Determine if you are already a U.S. citizen.
  2. If you are not a U.S. citizen by birth, or you did not acquire or derive U.S. citizenship from your parent(s) automatically after birth, go to the next step. Determine if you are eligible to become a U.S. citizen.
  3. Review the naturalization eligibility worksheet to help you decide if you are eligible to apply for naturalization. Step 3. Prepare your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
  4. Download the form and read the instructions. Get 2 passport-style photos and collect the necessary documents to demonstrate your eligibility for naturalization. Use the document checklist to make sure you collect all the required documents. Step 4. Submit your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
  5. Once you submit Form N-400, USCIS will send you a receipt notice. You can check current processing times and the status of your application online or by calling the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 or 1-800-767-1833 (hearing impaired).Step 5. Go to the biometrics appointment, if applicable.
  6. If you need to take biometrics, USCIS will send you an appointment notice that includes your biometrics appointment date, time, and location. Arrive at the designated location at the scheduled time. Have your biometrics taken. Step 6. Complete the interview.
  7. Once all the preliminary processes on your case are complete, USCIS will schedule an interview with you to complete the naturalization process. You must report to the USCIS office on the date and time of your appointment notice. Please bring the appointment notice with you. Step 7. Receive a decision from USCIS on your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
  8. USCIS will issue you a written notice of the decision.
    -Granted-USCIS may approve your Form N-400 if the evidence in your record establishes that you are eligible for naturalization.
    -Continued-USCIS may continue your application if you need to provide additional evidence/documentation, fail to provide USCIS the correct documents or fail the English and/or civics test the first time.
    -Denied-USCIS will deny your Form N-400 if the evidence in your record establishes you are not eligible for naturalization. Step 8. Receive a notice to take the Oath of Allegiance.
  9. If USCIS approves your Form N-400 in step 7, you may be able to participate in a naturalization ceremony on the same day as your interview. If a same-day naturalization ceremony is unavailable, USCIS will mail you a notification with the date, time, and location of your scheduled ceremony. Step 9. Take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.
  10. You are not a U.S. citizen until you take the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony.
    Complete the questionnaire on Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony. Report for your naturalization ceremony and check in with USCIS. A USCIS officer will review your responses to Form N-445. Turn in your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card). Take the Oath of Allegiance to become a U.S. citizen. Receive your Certificate of Naturalization, review it, and notify USCIS of any errors you see on your certificate before leaving the ceremony site. Step 10. Understanding U.S. citizenship.

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Everyone knows that naturalization has many benefits. However, if inappropriately filed, or incorrectly filed, a naturalization petition can lead to a denial and even deportation from the United States. We seek to take that worry out of the naturalization process, and make the process as smooth and hassle-free as possible.

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Becoming a U.S. citizen is why many immigrants come to the United States. The firm realizes that this last step should be approached with the same care and diligence that an immigrant has taken on all the previous immigration steps. The firm strives to provide immediate, personal assistance to all of its clients and works to ensure that all client questions are answered by a naturalization attorney.

The firm also works proactively to ensure that no individual unknowingly risks being removed from the country while attempting to naturalize.

Based in San Diego, Lemon Grove and Riverside, citizenship Lawyers at Law Offices of Hasbini specialize in immigrant and non-immigrant visa processing, U.S. permanent residence, green card, working visas, H-1B’s, business and investment visas, naturalization, corporate and business immigration, political asylum, as well as deportation and removal matters.

San Diego citizenship lawyer Habib Hasbini and his associates truly understand what it takes to get our clients the legal help they deserve. By remaining open and honest with our clients, we are consistently able to provide the highest quality of care and service. We are familiar with the emotional investment clients make in the immigration process.

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