Individuals seeking U.S. citizenship can take many different paths to obtain their goal. Immigration policy in the United States is complex, and sometimes applicants need to know more information about gaining full U.S. citizenship. Also, it is important to ensure that all individuals who have questions regarding their immigration status speak to a qualified immigration attorney. 

Determining Your Current Citizenship Status 

It is essential that you determine if you are a United States citizen by naturalization or birth. It is critical to determine your citizenship status before you consider the other steps necessary to become a United States citizen. 

Determining If You Are Eligible to Become a United States Citizen 

It is necessary to determine if you can become a United States citizen. Specific eligibility requirements likely apply to your case. The basic requirements are that the applicant be at least 18 years old and have been a lawful permanent resident of the United States for at least five years. 

Completing the Form N-400 Application for Naturalization 

You may need to complete the Form N-400 if you want to apply for naturalization. The majority of applicants need to submit supporting documentation including passport-sized photographs. Please ensure that you review the requirements of a N-400 application with an immigration lawyer. 

Submitting the Form N-400 Application for Naturalization 

After you complete the Form N-400 Application for Naturalization, you will need to submit the N-400 application. During this process you need to pay all applicable filing fees. Also, you need to make sure that you can speak about the information you included on the Form N-400 during your immigration interview. 

Biometrics Appointment Attendance 

It is essential that you attend your biometric appointment. You may be required to submit fingerprints and meet the requirements of an FBI criminal background investigation. It is possible that your former employers and landlords will be contacted during this investigation. If you have additional questions regarding these facts, please contact an immigration attorney as soon as possible. 

Attend the Interview Session

It is necessary to attend the interview session with USCIS. You will likely need to prepare for the interview by consulting with a knowledgeable immigration attorney. It is necessary that you determine all the topics you may need to discuss during the interview session. 

Receive a Decision From the USCIS 

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will make a determination regarding your application for naturalization. If an application is denied, then the applicant will be informed of their right to appeal. It is imperative that you speak to an immigration lawyer if you have questions about your right to appeal a decision made by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). 

Receive Notification Regarding Taking the Oath of Allegiance 

It is possible that an applicant will be asked to take the oath of allegiance on the same day of their interview session. Sometimes the decision to grant naturalization is made right after the interview session concludes. 

After you take the oath of allegiance before a judge, you will then learn about the new rights afforded you as a citizen of the United States. An immigration attorney can assist you with any questions you have regarding your new status as a U.S. citizen. 

Contact CoxEsq, P.C. Today to Schedule a Free Consultation 

It is imperative that you speak to an immigration attorney at CoxEsq, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation if you wish to learn more about applying for U.S. citizenship. Contact us today if you would like to learn more about the ways an immigration lawyer can benefit you and your family members.