Applying for naturalization is a big undertaking. Not only do you have to ensure that you meet the requirements to apply, you also have to fill out the forms and go through a lengthy process before you’ll be able to take your Oath of Allegiance and enjoy the benefits of becoming a citizen.
One thing that many individuals might not realize is that the entire process hinges on the outcome of the N-400 application. This application is 21 pages, and it must be completed with factual information. The statements made on this are investigated, so misstatements will result in a denial.
There are some other common reasons why applications are denied. One of these is that the applicant doesn’t meet the requirement for being of good moral character. Many factors can play a role in this, but typically only the previous five years are checked. Any criminal history, failure to pay taxes or failure to pay child support and similar factors can all cause a denial.
Male applicants who meet specific requirements will need to register with the Selective Service and must pass English and civics exams. You also have to be in the United States with a legal status for five years without taking extended travel. In the five years before the application, you must have been in the United States for at least 30 months total.
Once you fill out your application, you’ll have to remain in the country until you’re granted citizenship. The process will take time but working with someone who is familiar it might be beneficial since you can find out what to expect.