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U.S. Citizenship & Naturalization Process


Follow These Easy Steps to Become a U.S. Citizen!

Immigration Direct is dedicated to teaching you how to become a U.S. Citizen in the clearest, most accurate way possible. The entire naturalization process is outlined below.
Apply for U.S. Citizenship

How Long Does the Naturalization Process Take?

Depending on where and when you choose to file your application, the period of time between sending in the completed application and the interview to become a U.S. Citizen can vary from five months to more than two years.

The swearing-in ceremony for receiving the naturalization certificate will then take place from 1 to 180 days after the interview, although in a few U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly known as the INS) district offices, it can take another one or two years.

The length of time for the entire process depends on the number of U.S. Citizenship applications the USCIS offices receive in each state. Additionally, making a mistake on your application can cost you even more time. However, by using our unique do-it-yourself service, you will be assisted throughout the entire process — helping you prevent costly mistakes to your application.

1. Submit Your Complete Application

  • Apply Now
  • Complete and print your U.S. Citizenship application form on Immigration Direct
  • Follow our customized filing instructions to:
    • Obtain two approved passport-sized photos
    • Collect all required supporting documents
    • Ensure each of these documents is properly completed and/or translated
    • Mail your application package to the correct USCIS location

2. Get Fingerprinted

  • Receive an acknowledgement letter from the USCIS that they received your application
  • Go to the fingerprinting location specified in the letter from the USCIS on the scheduled date and time to get your fingerprints taken
  • Send any additional documents to the USCIS that they may have requested in the letter

3. Attend USCIS Interview & Take Tests

  • Receive an interview appointment letter from the USCIS
  • Go to the interview location specified in the letter from the USCIS on the scheduled date and time for the interview
  • Bring identification and any additional documents that the USCIS may have requested in the letter
  • Answer interview questions about your application and background
  • Take the English & Civics Tests (Receive the 100 sample questions and answers FREE when you purchase our service!)
  • Await a decision from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services

4. Take the Oath to Become a U.S. Citizen

  • Receive a ceremony date letter from the USCIS
  • Check in at the ceremony location specified in the letter from the USCIS on the scheduled date and time
  • Return your Permanent Resident Card
  • Answer questions about what you have done since your interview
  • Take the Oath of Allegiance
  • Receive your Certificate of Naturalization
  • Enjoy your new life as a United States Citizen!


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