Apply for Citizenship – Steps to Naturalization

Applying for citizenship is a complex process that requires the completion of several nuanced steps for naturalization. Lean on our Philadelphia immigration law firm for guidance and we will do everything in our power to help you become a citizen. We have helped people throughout Philadelphia, Allentown, Huntingdon Valley, and surrounding communities obtain citizenship. 

The Steps to Naturalization Begin With Satisfying Eligibility Requirements

Meet the requirements for citizenship eligibility and you will be that much closer to becoming a naturalized citizen. An individual looking to become a United States citizen is required to be a permanent resident or a green card holder for a period of three to five years. Once this threshold is reached, he or she is eligible to apply for United States citizenship through naturalization. The primary requirements for eligibility include being a minimum of 18-years-old when filing Form N-400 and demonstrating continuous residence in the United States for a minimum of five years. 

Those married to a United States citizen can demonstrate continuous residence in the country with three years of residency. This residency must have occurred just before the filing of the Form-400. If you can prove you have been physically present in the country for a minimum of 30 months in this five-year period, you will meet the basic eligibility requirement. You must also provide proof that you spent three months in the state/district where you are applying. 

Finally, the basic eligibility requirements also mandate that you write, read, and speak English, have the elements of good moral character, can demonstrate the principles of the United States Constitution and understand the country’s history and civics/government.

The Application

The next step is to prepare the application so Form N-400 can be processed. This Application for Naturalization is quite lengthy so do not hesitate to lean on our Philadelphia immigration attorney for guidance. Fill out the application, provide the supporting documentation and file it online or in paper form.

The Biometrics Appointment

The USCIS acceptance of your application sets the stage for the transmission of a letter that schedules the biometrics appointment. This appointment occurs at the USCIS Application Support Center. Your photo and fingerprints will be taken. You will also be required to provide your signature and submit to a criminal background check. 

The Interview for Citizenship and Citizenship Test

A USCIS officer will meet with you to go over your application and ask some questions. Answer honestly, provide all requested documentation and take the U.S. history and English tests. The English test requires that you read a sentence aloud in English then write a coherent sentence using English.

The Naturalization Ceremony

Pass the interview and tests described above and you will receive a letter stating the date of the naturalization ceremony. This ceremony requires that you take an Oath of Allegiance to the U.S. The ceremony is also the time when you are to exchange your green card for the Certificate of Naturalization that proves your official status as a citizen of the United States.

Contact Voloshen Law Today

Voloshen Law is here to help you become a citizen as quickly and seamlessly as possible. If you want to expedite your quest for citizenship, reach out to us today to schedule a consultation. You can contact our Philadelphia law firm by dialing (215) 437-7854 or emailing igor@voloshenlaw.com.

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