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  • US Naturalization Process: Becoming a US Citizen

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    Also See: US Naturalization Step-by-Step Guide

    1. Complete Your Application and Get Photographed

    to_post_off.gif Complete your application.
    to_post_off.gif Get two passport-style photographs taken.
    to_post_off.gif Collect the necessary documents.
    to_post_off.gif Send your application, passport-style photographs, documents, and fee (DO NOT SEND CASH) to the appropriate Lockbox Facility or Service Center.
    to_post_off.gif Keep a copy of everything you send to USCIS.

    2. Get Fingerprinted

    to_post_off.gif Receive an appointment letter from USCIS.
    to_post_off.gif Go to the fingerprinting location.
    to_post_off.gif Get your fingerprints taken.
    to_post_off.gif Mail additional documents if USCIS requests them.
    to_post_off.gif Wait for USCIS to schedule your interview.

    3. Get Interviewed

    to_post_off.gif Receive an appointment for your interview.
    to_post_off.gif Go to your local USCIS office at the specified time.
    to_post_off.gif Bring state-issued identification, Permanent Resident Card, and any additional documents specific to your case.
    to_post_off.gif Answer questions about your application and background.
    to_post_off.gif Take the English and civics tests.
    to_post_off.gif Receive case status.

    4. Take the Oath

    to_post_off.gif Receive a ceremony date.
    to_post_off.gif Check in at the ceremony.
    to_post_off.gif Return your Permanent Resident Card.
    to_post_off.gif Answer questions about what you have done since your interview.
    to_post_off.gif Take the Oath of Allegiance.
    to_post_off.gif Receive your Certificate of Naturalization.

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    NOTE: The above information does not address the specific requirements for any given case and is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.

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