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The U.S. Citizenship Process

07th September 2010
By Linda_Williams in Law
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An individual is called a US citizen, when he/she is a legal member of the United States. Being a US Citizen , the individual has given many rights.

The US Citizen may obtain the Social Security and Medicare benefits on retirement,
given the right to vote and choose a government,
may obtain a US passport with which you may travel abroad to every country in the world,
may may sponsor your family to enter US legally and help in obtaining Green Card, otherwise called as Permanent Resident Card.

There are three ways in which an individual may become a citizen which is by birth (born in United States) , through US Citizen parents (under specific condition) and through Naturalization.

Form N400 to apply for US Citizenship:

The process of an immigrant becoming a citizen of United States is called Naturalization. It is also referred to as the manner in which a person who was not born in the United States becomes a U.S. Citizen. The individual must file citizenship form n400 to apply for naturalization.

To be eligible to file for naturalization the individual must ensure the he/she meets all the requirements per the law. The individual must be a permanent resident for five years having a continuous residence in the United States
, and is least 18 years of age, has a physical presence in the United States
, have the required time within the USCIS district or State and possess a good moral character
. If the individual is married to a US Citizen then, he/she must be a permanent resident for three years and must be living with the same US Citizen spouse.

Once the individual finds he/she is qualified to file for naturalization, he/she must fill the out the n 400 application completely and send it to the USCIS including fee and other necessary documents.
After the USCIS receives the n 400 application it will be reviewed for completeness with the inclusion of the supporting documents. If the required evidence are not provided the n 400 application might be rejected. So the applicants must provide all the evidences for their application to be accepted by USCIS.

After the n 400 application is accepted by the USCIS, the applicant will be required to attend interview and take Civics and English Language test to demonstrate an understanding of the English language and a knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the history as the law requires the applicants to be able to read , write and speak basic English and also have a basic knowledge about US history and government. Once the n 400 application is approved by USCIS after the test and interview, the applicant will be requested to take the oath of allegiance. This oath includes many promises that the applicant must take which includes Swearing allegiance to the United States, Supporting and defending the Constitution and the laws of the United States, Giving up all prior allegiance to any other nation or sovereignty and Serve the country when required. The applicants will then be required to return the Permanent Resident card to USCIS as they will be provided with Naturalization Certificate after the Oath Ceremony.

Getting the citizenship forms is easy. However, we can provide you with information on different immigration issues and help in completing the n 400 application
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