Becoming A US Citizen?
Are you a current resident and are thinking about fully becoming a US Citizen? Are you nervous of the requirements needed to pass the written and oral exam?
Here are the top 10 benefits of becoming a US citizen, whether you are about to start the process or are you currently resident thinking of completing the final step of fully becoming a US Citizen.
Determine if you are already a U.S. citizen.
You can become a U.S. citizen by birth or through naturalization.
- Were you born in the United States or a territory of the United States? If yes, you may already be a U.S. citizen.
- Is at least one of your parents a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization? If not, you may be able to apply for a Certificate of Citizenship based on their citizenship
If you are not a U.S. citizen— Go to STEP 2
Are you eligible to apply for naturalization?
Before you apply for naturalization, you must meet a few requirements. Depending on your situation, there are
different requirements that may apply to you.
- Be 18 years old or older at the time of filing Form N-400.
- Be a lawful permanent resident.
- Demonstrate continuous permanent residence in the United States for at least 5 years. (In some cases, this may be 3 years if you are married to a U.S. citizen.)
- Show that you have been physically present in the United States for 30 months.
- Show that you have lived for at least 3 months in the state or USCIS district where you claim residence.
If you have a parent that was a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization before the age of 18, you may have a claim to citizenship. These are general guidelines that do not apply to every applicant. For more information on these requirements, please visit uscis.gov/citizenship.
During your interview, a USCIS officer will test your ability to read, write and speak English. You will also be tested on your knowledge of U.S. history and government (civics). Information on the test and study materials are available at uscis.gov/citizenship.
You may not need to take the English and civics portions of the naturalization test if you have a medical disability. To apply for this exemption, your doctor must complete Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions. The best time to submit this form is at the end of July.
Xavier Law Firm, We respect your decisions to benefit yourself and your family. New policies have been issued since January 2021 to make the naturalization process faster and easier for all that are eligible.
Call us at 1-800-279-2093 to start your citizenship process today.