Understanding the US citizenship and naturalization application process is the first step to actually becoming a US citizen. There are many steps to the process:
1) Read about the US immigration and naturalization application process as much as you can and determine whether you are eligible. Then, carefully consider whether you want the rights, privileges an obligations of being a US citizen. The US citizenship and naturalization application process is complex and can be expensive. You will want to make sure that you are armed with all the facts and that you know what to expect. You will also want to make sure that you qualify for citizenship and that you are ready for the process.
2) Get a an application for US citizenship (USCIS form N-400). You can do this by visiting the USCIS. Many immigration attorneys may also help you find a copy of this form.
3) Carefully read the entire application form. If you will need help understanding the form or if you are not sure that you can complete the form yourself, determine where you can seek help. If you think that you do not have a strong application, you may wish to speak to an immigration attorney for legal advice. You can find a qualified attorney through the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
4) Complete the application form. This may take some time. You may wish to make copies of the form, so that you can fill it out once, check it, and rewrite it neatly before submitting it. Make sure that you fill out the form as honestly as you can. As well, make sure that you fill out the form fully. Any incomplete information or dishonesty will usually result in the denial of your application. Refer to the instructions often to ensure that you are completing the form correctly and check your spelling and facts before you send in your form.
5) Submit the form. At this stage of the US citizenship and naturalization application process, you will need to submit your completed form. You will also need to submit your application fee as well as two photographs of yourself which meet USCIS form N-400 requirements. If you are applying under special circumstances, you may also need to submit additional documentation. Consult the USCIS instructions to determine exactly what you need to send and where.
6) Make an appointment with the USCIS to pass your civics exam. You will need to meet with an USCIS officer before your US citizenship and naturalization application process is complete. At this meeting, you will be fingerprinted. You may also need to provide additional documentation to the USCIS (the USCIS will let you know ahead of time if you need to bring any documentation at the meeting. At the meeting, you will also need to pass the written US citizenship exam. A USCIS officer will also interview you. You will need to show that you have a basic mastery of English. The interview will also determine whether you are ready to be a US citizen and whether you are ready to take an oath of allegiance to the US. You may additionally be asked about your application and your background.