Though going through the naturalization process may be stressful, it is worth it in the end. Some of the benefits of obtaining your United States citizenship include not having to worry about your visa expiring, being able to bring your family members to the country on a visa, the right to vote and much more. When you obtain your citizenship, you are entitled to a U.S. passport and can travel wherever you please with that passport. You will also be able to run for office as an elected official and apply for jobs within the federal government.
In order to obtain your citizenship, you have to take a naturalization exam that tests you on your knowledge of English, civics, and American history. The USCIS now provides those wishing to take their naturalization exam with YouTube videos that can help you prepare. Once you pass your naturalization exam and have been approved for citizenship in the United States, you will have to take an Oath of Allegiance. This oath requires you to pledge all of your allegiance to the United States, abide by the U.S. Constitution and serve your country if called upon to do so.
There are a number of different requirements that you must meet in order to qualify for naturalization. There are specific amounts of time that you must continuously live in the United States for to qualify. You will have to go through a meeting with an immigration officer through the USCIS as well. Finally, you will have to prove that you have good moral character, have not been a criminal and have not lied at any time during your interview.
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