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What is the process to become a U.S. citizen?

On Behalf of | Jul 12, 2018 | adjustment of status

If you are living in Kentucky and are not a U.S. citizen, you may wonder if you could become a citizen. The process is often talked about. People typically talk about how hard it is and how expensive, but they rarely talk about exactly what the process involves. Before you write it off as something you cannot do, take some time to learn about the process. You may be surprised at what you find out.

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the first step is to get Form N-400, which you need to fill out to apply for citizenship. You also should make sure that you are not a citizen already. Some situations can be confusing, leaving you unaware that you are already a U.S. citizen. You could have gained citizenship from your parents at birth even if you did not live in the country at that time.

If you are not a citizen, then you can continue by making sure you are eligible. Not everyone will qualify to become a citizen.

The next step is to fill out Form N-400. Make sure it is complete and that you have included all of the proper documentation. Pay attention to the details, and get assistance if you need to.

You then need to comply with any requests from the USCIS. You may have to attend meetings or interviews. You may have to go to a biometrics appointment. The USCIS may request further information or documents. You may have to take language and civics tests. Always respond right away, and never miss any appointments.

Finally, you will receive a decision. It could deny or grant your application. You may also have your case continued, which means you will probably need to supply more information. If approved, you will take an Oath of Allegiance and be granted citizenship. This information is for education and is not legal advice.