If you have been a permanent resident of the U.S. for at least 5 years OR if you have been married to a U.S. citizen and living as a resident for at least 3 years OR if you, your parent, or spouse has served in the U.S. military, you can apply for citizenship through the naturalization process.
First, file the application for naturalization. If you are currently in a U.S. territory or western state, you should submit your application for citizenship to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) lockbox in Phoenix, AZ. If you are living in the Midwestern, Eastern, and Southern States, submit your application to the USCIS lockbox in Dallas, TX. Former military personnel and their families applying for citizenship should submit their forms to the USCIS lockbox in Nebraska. Do not file your form at the USCIS office closest to you. You should submit your application to the correct drop box location in order for it to be reviewed and approved as quickly as possible. You should expect a waiting period regardless.
The application for naturalization has a filing fee of $595, which should be submitted with your mailed application in the correct amount and form.
The application will require documentation of biographical information, marriage, and your permanent residence card. You should also submit 2 photos of yourself, in passport-style. The USCIS will also be contacting you after reviewing your citizenship application to come in for fingerprinting at the nearest USCIS office.
At this time you can also make an appointment to take your naturalization test and submit to your citizenship interview. The interview will be conducted with a USCIS officer. The exam will include speaking, reading, and writing in English. There is information on the exam about the English language, American government, civics and citizenship. You can study for and practice the exam online with the USCIS website.
Some applicants are exempt from the English portion of the naturalization exam in their interview. To be exempt from the English citizenship test, you must be: 50 years old or more and U.S. green card holder for at least 20 years OR are 55 years old or older and have been a permanent resident for more than 15 years OR have a documented mental, physical, or learning disability that prevents you from justly sitting the English exam.
You will be given an application status after taking your citizenship test. If your case is approved, you can make an appointment to finalize your citizenship by taking your oath and attending the citizenship ceremony.
For more information and help with the naturalization process, contact immigration attorney Phillip Kim.
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