How to Become a Citizen of the United States

To become a citizen of the U.S. is a dream for a number of people living all over the world. However, the majority of the people don’t know the procedures involved in obtaining US citizenship. There are three ways to become a citizen of the United States. The first two methods are straightforward, resulting from birth within the United States or one is born to U.S citizens who are living abroad. For these individuals, becoming a citizen of the United States is simple. There are rare cases when this is not true. For example, children born in the United States to foreign heads of state or ambassadors of foreign countries do not automatically become U.S. citizens.

The third way is referred to as “naturalization” and this is the process that immigrants use to become citizen of United States. This is the most common way used by foreign born individuals to become citizens in the U.S..

The first step requires that the foreign born individual obtain an immigrant visa. This visa can be obtained though a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident family member willing to sponsor and filing the appropriate petition, or though a U.S. employer filing a petition on behalf of the intending immigrant. Another way is through the Green Card lottery that randomly gives out 50,000 visas a year to lucky individuals from eligible countries. One may also obtain an immigrant visa as a foreign born individual who is seeking asylum or is a refugee. Still others can obtain an immigrant visa though marriage to a U.S. citizen.

Getting your permanent residency is the necessary first step on the road to become citizen of the United States. Make certain the right forms are used and that the necessary documents are included. Include the correct fees and most of all be honest when answering the questions. The USCIS is willing to help but they have so many applications to go through that it is up to you to be diligent and complete when putting together your application because any error will delay or worse, disqualify your application.

Ensure that you meet the requirements to become a U.S citizen. You must be a person of good moral character with no criminal record plus have good English skills and knowledge about U.S government and history. And when you are ready, complete Form N-400, Application for Naturalization to proceed with the naturalization process. Once your citizenship application is accepted, one of the final steps includes your interview, and if you pass that you will attend the oath ceremony, where you will be sworn in as a U.S. citizen. The process is complex but well worth the outcome. Best of luck!

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