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Do You Want to Become a US Citizen? USCIS Can Help You With the Process

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Are you or someone you know wondering what is required to become a US citizen? Are you considering naturalization? If you are, you should know that USCIS has a wealth of resources to guide you through the process.

Are You Eligible?

First, you will need to determine if you are eligible to apply for citizenship. USCIS offers a Naturalization Requirements information sheet that explains the requirements for citizenship and a Naturalization Eligibility Worksheet.

It is important that you confirm your eligibility before you apply, as USCIS will not refund your application and biometric fees if your application is denied.


Once you’ve determined you are eligible to apply, you will need to complete and file a Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.

To guide you as you apply, USCIS provides a short “How Do I?” guide on how to apply for citizenship and a more extensive Guide to Naturalization.

Be sure to read the form instructions and completely fill out and sign your form before you mail it. USCIS also offers filing tips to help you avoid common mistakes.

Preparing for the Interview and Test

The USCIS Citizenship Resource Center provides a wide variety of materials to help you prepare for the interview and naturalization test including study materials for both the English and civics portions of the test.

In addition, USCIS has posted a YouTube video about the interview and test:

Oath Ceremony

If you are approved, you will either have the opportunity to participate in an oath ceremony the same day or you will be scheduled for an oath ceremony at a later time.

We hope these resources are helpful. Please feel free to share any comments on your experience and how we can improve the process.