You cleared the first major challenge. You got your green card. Now it is time to take the next step.
Even after you get your permanent residency status, the path to naturalization can still seem intimidating. It is far from simple, but you do not need to do it all alone.
Initial preparation for naturalization
One of the first steps in applying for citizenship is submitting a form N-400. In keeping with the exacting, bureaucratic nature of this process, you need to be eligible to even submit this form.
A possible way to determine your eligibility is to use the official tool on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website. However, please remember that this is a complex process and this tool is just a basic diagnostic.
The application itself is also readily available. If you have any doubts at all or if you do not believe you would be able to complete the application with absolute precision, please note that mistakes, omissions or lack of transparency during this initial stage could delay or complicate your citizenship goals.
After your case begins
After the application begins your process, there are many milestones to pass before you become a citizen. These typically would include:
- Providing your biometric data
- Preparing for the English and civics tests
- Preparing for your interview
- Completing the interview and testing process, and retaking tests if necessary
- Taking the oath and receiving your Certificate of Naturalization
Depending on the details of your case, there might be some challenges along the way. However, if you maintain strict attention to detail, take a holistic view of your options and show absolute respect for United States immigration law, you should be able to make the most of any chance you might have of becoming a citizen.