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U.S. Naturalization and Citizenship Resources

Filing an application for naturalization can be daunting. There are eligibility requirements that you need to meet. On top of that, you also have to prepare and pass English and civics tests.

This article provides an overview of resources to help you learn about the application process. These resources can also help you prepare for the steps you have to take when you file your naturalization application. It includes links and fact sheets that can be useful in your naturalization journey.

Learn About U.S. Citizenship

The following resources serve as your starting point in understanding the naturalization process.

A Guide to Naturalization

Start your naturalization journey with this helpful guide from United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS). If you are new to the naturalization process, this guide is a great place to start. It includes a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section, eligibility requirements, a document checklist, and more.

Citizenship Basics

Discover the fundamentals of U.S. citizenship in this comprehensive FindLaw article on citizenship. It talks about the different ways of becoming a U.S. citizen such as by birth, blood, or through naturalization. It also talks about special cases in immigration and other paths to obtaining legal immigration status.

Requirements for Naturalization

Understanding the important criteria for U.S. citizenship is important in your naturalization journey. Some of the important points included in this article on naturalization requirements are the eligibility criteria, such as being at least 18 years of age, being a lawful permanent resident or a green card holder, and maintaining good moral character.

It also talks about some of the exceptions to these requirements, including age-related exemptions for civics tests and English tests. Finally, it discusses the importance of taking an oath of allegiance.

How to Become a Naturalized U.S. Citizen

Learn about application forms and the steps that you have to take to become a naturalized U.S. citizen through the resources below.

Application for Naturalization

Access essential application forms such as Form N-400 and other relevant forms on this USCIS webpage. It also contains instructions and other materials for those going through the naturalization process.

10 Steps to Naturalization

Follow these steps to become a naturalized U.S. citizen. It discusses verifying your eligibility, submitting your application form, and attending a naturalization interview. It also details what to expect when you receive a decision from the USCIS and take an oath of allegiance.

Naturalization Through Military Service

Military service members can find helpful information on how they can become U.S. citizens. This page explains the requirements asked for by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sections 328 and 329. It also includes exemptions and service criteria for some of the requirements for naturalization.

It provides additional information and resources about posthumous citizenship for U.S. military members and their family members.

Naturalization Test and Study Materials

Prepare for your citizenship test with these study materials and online resources.

What To Expect on the Naturalization Test

Prepare with this article on what to expect on the naturalization test. It focuses on the tests you need to take to become a naturalized U.S. citizen. It includes information about two tests: a civics test and an English test.

Civics tests often cover the U.S. government and U.S. history. English tests assess your ability to speak, write, and read English. The page also talks about the people who could be exempted from these tests and what happens if an applicant does not pass the test.

Naturalization Test and Study Resources

Explore a wide range of materials from USCIS to help you prepare for the English and civics tests. These materials include flashcards, study guides, videos, and interactive practice tests.

The USCIS also has updates about the tests, study materials, and resources written in multiple languages.

Citizenship Resource Center

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Citizenship Resource Center provides a wide range of information and resources for various users. It includes materials for immigrants looking at becoming a U.S. citizen, educators who play an important role in preparing learners, and organizations interested in providing support to migrants.

Seek Legal Advice From an Immigration Law Attorney

The path to naturalization can be challenging and overwhelming. That is why it is best to consult an immigration law attorney.

An immigration attorney can:

  • Give you advice tailored to your case
  • Help you understand your case and what you need to do to become a U.S. citizen

They can also provide other types of immigration legal services. For instance, if you have a family member facing deportation or you would like to seek a waiver of some of the requirements, an immigration attorney can guide you throughout the process.

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