Naturalization Steps

Find out if you are already a U.S. citizen

    • Were you born in the United States or a territory of the United States? If yes, you may already be a U.S. citizen
    • Was at least one of your parents a U.S. citizen before you turned 18? If yes, you may already be a citizen

Determine your eligibility to become a U.S. citizen

Prepare Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

    • You can create an account and file your N-400 online

Submit Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

  • Submit application, documents, and fees to USCIS
    • Total fee is $725: a $640 application fee and $85 biometrics fee
  • Submit Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, if applicable

Go to the biometrics appointment, if applicable

    • Fingerprints and photographs are required for criminal background checks
    • You will be notified if biometrics will be re-used, or if new biometrics are required, you will receive a notice of a biometrics appointment

Complete the interview

    • USCIS will schedule an interview with you

Receive a USCIS decision on your Form N-400: granted or denied

    • If you believe you are wrongfully denied, you may appeal
      • Receive a notice to take the Oath of Allegiance
      • Take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States at a naturalization ceremony
      • Understand U.S. citizenship and the rights you now have

For more information and resources about these steps, please review USCIS Information Brochure.

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