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Integration Institute: Becoming a Citizen

Citizenship Process

What are the steps to becoming a citizen?*

1. Send an Application for Naturalization (N-400) to the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS).

2. Fingerprints (Appointment will be scheduled 1-2 months after application is filed)

3. Interview & Citizenship Test (will be scheduled 2-4 months after application is filed)

4. Approval of Application (will receive notification 2-4 months after application is filed)

5. Oath Ceremony (1-2 months after the date you passed interview & citizenship test)

6. Register to Vote! (you can now apply for a U.S. passport and register to vote)

Details of Process

    2. FINGERPRINTS

    USCIS will send you an appointment stating the time, date and location where you will take your fingerprints.

    3. INTERVIEW & CITIZENSHIP TEST

    The examiner will ask you questions about your N-400 application and test your English language skills and knowledge of U.S. history and government. We recommend that you take a Citizenship class and/or English class throughout your citizenship application process!

    If you qualify for a language waiver, you must bring your own translator.

    You may bring an attorney to your interview

    You can ask the examiner to:

    •  Repeat any question you did not understand
    • Speak with a supervisor if you think an examiner has been unfair
    • State his/her name and title

    If you did not pass the English or U.S. history and government section, you will be given a second exam in 90 days.

    5. OATH CEREMONY

    In this ceremony you will:

    • Promise to be loyal to the United States
    • Receive your naturalization certificate
    • Make sure your naturalization certificate does not have any mistakes

    If you are sick or disabled, you may be able to take the oath in your house or hospital.

    *This material was adapted from the National Partnership for New Americans "Creating New Americans: Citizenship Toolkit"

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