Find Out Whether You Are Eligible
You must obtain a green card before you become eligible to apply for citizenship.So if you haven’t yet reached this point, learn about your eligibility by searching for “Eligibility for a USA Green Card”.
Overcome Barriers to Your Ineligibility
It may be that simply waiting longer will make you eligible for citizenship, or you may need to take other steps to make you eligible.Consult an immigration attorney for a full analysis.
File USCIS Form N-400
Once you have established your eligibility, you need to file some paperwork with USA Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The N-400 is the form to get the process started. As of 2017, it costs $640 to file the application for naturalization, plus an $85 biometrics fee.
In order to process your application, a background check will have to be performed.You will be given a date and address to a local office where you will be fingerprinted. Your fingerprints will be run through the FBI for a background check!
Attend a Citizenship Interview
After your fingerprinting, you should receive an appointment date and address for an interview with a UCSIC officerDuring this interview, the officer will go through your N-400 and confirm your answers to all questions. The officer will also test your knowledge of USA civics.
Attend the Oath Ceremony
If you are approved at your interview, congratulations, but you are not a citizen quite yet. You will be called in for a large public ceremony, at which you and others will be given the oath, in which you swear loyalty to the United States.Then you will be given a certificate of naturalization, showing that you are a USA citizen.