Immigrants who are looking to live in California for the rest of their lives will need to apply for naturalization. This is a lengthy process that involves both fees and appointments. Understanding the entire process of naturalization will help you to better understand what lies on the road ahead.
Make sure you’re eligible
When it comes to obtaining U.S. citizenship, there are various eligibility requirements you’ll need to meet. First, you’ll need to be 18 years of age or older. Second, you’ll need to have lived in the United States under a green card for the last five years. If you meet these two eligibility requirements, then you’ll want to proceed to the next step.
Obtain and file Form N-400
Form N-400, known formally as an Application for Naturalization, is an official document that you’ll need to submit to apply for naturalization in the United States. You can obtain this form either from a citizenship attorney or online at the USCIS website. As part of submitting this form, you’ll need to provide various documentation regarding your verification of meeting the eligibility requirements for citizenship.
Pay the fee and submit your application
Once you successfully prepare your N-400, you’ll need to submit it for evaluation by USCIS. As part of the submission process, you’ll need to pay a fee. The base fee is $640, and you’ll owe an additional $85 if you need to have a biometrics appointment.
Attend your interview and take your oath
You’ll be contacted by USCIS about an interview for your naturalization. You’ll need to attend this interview and answer any questions asked by USCIS. If they decide to grant you naturalization into the United States, you’ll need to take the Oath of Allegiance.
Going through the process of naturalization in the United States is fairly straightforward. While one can follow the steps alone, it’s highly advised to get the help of an attorney. This professional can assist you with ensuring all of your paperwork is submitted correctly and can answer all of your questions regarding the naturalization process.