There are many steps to US Naturalization that must be completed before you can be approved to become a US citizen. The normal processing time for naturalization is usually six months. Today, due to the extremely high applications sent by a Naturalization Lawyer to USCIS, the process can take 16 to 18 months. The first step you must take is determining if you’re eligible. In order to be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old and you must be a permanent resident for five years. If you leave for more than six months, it will delay the process. You only need to be a resident for three years if you are married and living with a US citizen. You also must be able to read, write and speak English and have an understanding of US history and government. Good moral character is also a requirement.
You must complete an application. The form is the N400. You have to be able to understand the questions on the application because you will be asked these questions in an interview. You want to be sure to include all the required documents. Make sure they are translated and that the translator includes a statement of credentials and certify the translations are correct. You will need to be fingerprinted as part of the application. Send these forms, along with $595 for the application and $80 for your fingerprints, to the Service Center.
You will be sent information on when and where your interview will take place. You want to be sure to take original copies of your documents with. You also need to bring your passport, permanent resident or alien resident card and any re-entry forms you have. You have to answer questions about yourself, family, employment and criminal background. You must also pass a 10 question civic test. You will receive Form N-652 that grants, continues or denies your residency. If granted, you will need to take the oath to become a citizen.