How Can I Become a Naturalized Citizen?

From across the globe, United States citizenship is one of the most highly desired immigration statuses to have, and understandably so. While you may not have been born a United States citizen, you may still be able to acquire this status by applying for naturalization with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Follow along to find out how you can become a naturalized citizen and how a proficient N-400 application lawyer in Milwaukee, WI, at Sesini Law Group, S.C., can lead you every step of the way.

How can I determine that I am not already a United States citizen?

Before you go through the lengthy process of filling out and submitting Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, you should double-check that you do not already hold United States citizenship status. Without further ado, you are indeed a United States citizen under any of the following circumstances:

  • You were born in the United States or one of its territories.
  • You were born in an international country but to United States citizens.
  • You were adopted by a parent or parents who were already United States citizens.
  • You were under the age of 18 years old when one or both of your parents became naturalized citizens of the United States.

Then, you must confirm that you qualify for United States naturalization. The qualifications for this are that you must be 18 years old or older; a permanent resident for five years or three years if you are married to a citizen; and more.

How can I become a naturalized United States citizen?

Once you guarantee that you qualify for the naturalization process to become a United States citizen, you may proceed with Form N-400. Specifically, the steps for Form N-400 may read as follows:

  1. You must create an account with the USCIS to access Form N-400.
  2. You must fill out all required entries within N-400 accurately and to completion.
  3. You must take two passport-style photos to supplement your Form N-400, if you reside outside of the United States.
  4. You must file all other documentation required to support your Form N-400 (i.e., proof of identity, marital status, military service, etc).
  5. You must submit your payment of the required filing fee (i.e., $760 as of 2024) and biometric fee (i.e., $85 as of 2024) for your Form N-400.
  6. You must attend the biometrics appointment (i.e., get fingerprinted and photographed), if the USCIS requires this for your Form N-400.
  7. You must attend the interview the USCIS schedules for you, to finally determine whether your Form N-400 is accepted or rejected.

This is all to say you must deeply reflect on the gravity of the matter at hand. Once you do, you must drop everything and reach out to a talented US naturalization lawyer in Milwaukee, WI, at Sesini Law Group, S.C.

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