People going through naturalization (applying for U.S. citizenship) often remark that it is a far easier process than receiving their green card. In fact, it only requires a few accompanying materials and a single government form. However, it still makes sense to have an immigration attorney Connecticut help you with the proceedings before you arrive at the office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) closest to you for an interview.
What do you need for the application?
Form N-400, the Application for Naturalization, is the most important part of a citizenship application. In addition to the N-400 form, you will need to send the following:
- Two U.S. passport style color photos that include your A-number and name on the back of each
- A cover letter (not necessary, but a good idea) that explains what is included in your application
- A photocopy of both sides of your green card
- The fee payment (in early 2014 this was $85 for biometrics and a $595 basic fee, for a total of $680)
- Any documents relevant to your situation. For example, if you wanted to apply for citizenship after three years instead of five or want a waiver of naturalization requirements
The USCIS interview
It is necessary to appear at your local USCIS office for a personal interview when the time is right. A USCIS officer is going to review and approve or deny the citizenship request there. Applicants will need to be able to read, write, and speak English. You will also need to study 100 different questions pertaining to United States history and government. In order to pass the exam, you will need to answer six out of the ten questions correctly
During the interview, the officer is not only going to review the application, but also ask you several different questions that relate to Form N-400. This is not only done to ensure the person is eligible for naturalization, but immediately determines whether this individual is able to comprehend and speak the English language.
If the applicant is approved, there will be a swearing-in ceremony. Keep in mind that the applicant is not a United States citizen until he or she is sworn in during this ceremony. In the event that the applicant does not pass the civics test or the English test, there is an automatic rescheduling within three months.
We can help you
We will happily help you throughout the naturalization process. We will help you establish whether you are eligible to file for naturalization and can provide you with the best immigration lawyers. We offer a fast service because we understand that time is of the essence and you will even receive a free case evaluation from one of our immigration lawyer CT.