How can I apply to become a U.S. citizen?

On Behalf of | Oct 26, 2022 | Naturalization and Citizenship

Every day, countless Michigan residents begin their U.S. citizenship journey. The naturalization process can take over a year to complete and many people face challenges along the way. An immigration attorney can help applicants throughout the naturalization process to make sure their applications get approved as soon as possible.

Eligibility requirements

Before you apply for citizenship, you must make sure that you meet the eligibility requirements to become a U.S. citizen. These requirements may include the following:

  • At least 18 years old at the time of filing.
  • Permanent resident for a set amount of time.
  • Resident within the state/USCIS district for a minimum of three months prior to filing.
  • Physical presence and continuous residence in the United States for a set period of time.
  • Good moral character.
  • Basic knowledge of U.S. history and government.
  • Ability to write, speak and understand basic English.
  • Take oath of allegiance to the United States.

Naturalization process

Once you have determined that you are eligible for citizenship, you may be begin the U.S. naturalization process. This process has four main components:

  • Application: File your N-400 form online or by mail. Make sure to include your filing fee, two passport-style photos and all required documentation/evidence.
  • Biometrics: Schedule an appointment with USCIS to have your fingerprints and photo taken and provide your signature. This essentially allows the FBI to conduct a background check.
  • Interview: A USCIS officer will ask you questions regarding your application, and you will take an English test and civics test (unless you are exempt).
  • Oath: If your application is approved, you must attend a naturalization ceremony and take the Oath of Allegiance in order to officially become a citizen.

If you need assistance applying for citizenship, it may be in your best interest to contact an immigration attorney. Your attorney can help you file your application, prepare you for your interview, and provide support throughout the process.