The Road to Citizenship: How to get started

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The Road to Citizenship: How to get started

The road to becoming a United States Citizen can sometimes be challenging but rewarding once you fulfill all the requirements. An experienced immigration attorney in Sacramento can assist you with each step just as they assisted hundreds and thousands before you by assessing your unique situation.

Satisfying Naturalization Requirements

The following are some criteria:

  • You are a minimum age of 18.
  • Resided in the US for five years(unless you meet particular preferences)
  • Spent a minimum of 30 months of that period in the United States.
  • You resided in the filing district for a minimum of three months.
  • Have decent morals.
  • You can show that you have a rudimentary understanding of US history and civics.
  • Speak and write basic English.
  • Will demonstrate your loyalty to US ideals.

Naturalization Procedures

Prepare your Form N-400, Application for Citizenship, after consulting with a Sacramento County Immigration Attorney and determining that you are qualified for naturalization. Gather the documentation you’ll need to prove your eligibility for naturalization.

Fill out Form N-400 and pay the fees.¬†You can fill out and submit the form online. You can also pay your fees via the internet. USCIS will email you a receipt notice once you’ve submitted Form N-400. You may examine the progress of your case, and the time it will take to process it online.

If you need to take biometrics, USCIS will email you an appointment notice with the date, time, and location of your biometrics appointment.

USCIS will schedule an interview with you to complete the naturalization process once you take all the preliminary steps on your application. You must appear in person at the USCIS office on the date and hour specified on your appointment notice. Please remember to bring your appointment notice.

USCIS will mail a Decision Notice to you. You could access the electronic notice in your account if you filed your N-400 online.

Granted – If the information in your record demonstrates that you are qualified for naturalization, USCIS may approve your Form N-400.

Continued – If you need to give further evidence/documentation, did not provide USCIS with the necessary paperwork, or fail the English and civics test the first time, USCIS may continue your application, and a Sacramento Citizenship Attorney can help.

Denied – If the information in your record demonstrates that you are not eligible for naturalization, USCIS will deny your Form N-400 but don’t give up; Sacramento immigration lawyers will guide you in overcoming this hurdle.

If your Form N-400 was accepted, you could be eligible to attend a naturalization ceremony on the interview day. If not, you’ll get a letter from USCIS with the location, time and date, of your scheduled ceremony.

Take the United States Oath of Allegiance

Until you take the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony, you are not a U.S. citizen. On Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony, fill out the questionnaire. Check-in with USCIS and report for your naturalization ceremony.

  • You’ll give in your Permanent Resident Card when a USCIS officer reviews your responses to Form N-445.
  • After that, take the Oath of Allegiance to become a U.S. citizen and receive your Certificate of Naturalization.
  • Check for inaccuracies immediately

A Sacramento Immigration Attorney Will Weigh Your Options

We’ll walk you through every step of the naturalization process at Manzoor Law Firm so that you can maneuver the path to citizenship successfully. For additional information, contact our Sacramento immigration lawyer. It’s best to contact a lawyer first if you have a complicated case or if you have any doubt whatsoever about the filing process. We’ve dealt with many unique situations successfully and will make every effort to ensure your path to citizenship.








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