Many individuals seek US citizenship According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS, 680,000 people become naturalized citizens each year. The formal naturalization ceremony is a meaningful event. Taking the Oath of Allegiance and finally being able to say that you are a citizen of the US can stir up many emotions. Becoming a citizen takes hard work, diligence and patience, especially when it comes to filling out and gathering documents and getting through the interview process and tests. The processes may take a long time, but it is possible for you to become a citizen six months after filing Form N-400 if you turn in a mistake-free application.
Any discrepancy in your application will cause delays. Here are a couple of tips that will help make sure that you are successful and are granted your citizenship in a timely manner:
Make Sure that you Meet the General and Special Eligibility Requirements
Look through the list of eligibility requirements and be 100 percent certain that you fulfill all of them. Do not file an application that is incomplete or ineligible as the filing fees may not be refunded. Also, look for exceptions that may be available to you. For example, applicants over the age 50 at the time of filing who have lived in the US as permanent residents for 20 years may be able to take the test in their native language.
Additional Supporting Documents
After your application has been accepted by the USCIS, you will be scheduled for the naturalization interview. You will be required to bring your original documents that prove your eligibility. If the immigration officer asks for additional supporting documents, you must bring those in as well; otherwise, you risk a delay.
Check your application before Filing
Minor mistakes can prove costly. While completing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, some might forget to sign the application. This could happen if there is more focus placed on the naturalization test than on the actual application. Make sure to check your application before filing it. And make sure to send in your fees using a money order or a check; do not send cash.