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Form N-400

Hey there! If you're ready to take the final step in your immigration journey and become a U.S. citizen, then Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, is what you need. This form is your official application to become a U.S. citizen, allowing you to enjoy all the rights and responsibilities that come with citizenship. Filing Form N-400 is a significant milestone, marking your transition from permanent resident to a fully naturalized citizen. It involves a detailed application process, including background checks, an interview, and a citizenship test, but once completed, it grants you the privilege of calling yourself a U.S. citizen.

What is Form N-400 used for?

Form N-400 is used to apply for U.S. citizenship through the naturalization process. It’s the official application that permanent residents (green card holders) fill out to start their journey toward becoming U.S. citizens.

How long does it take to get citizenship after filing N-400?

The processing time for Form N-400 can vary, but it generally takes between 8 to 12 months from the time you file until you attend your naturalization ceremony. Delays can occur, so it’s important to be patient and keep track of your application status.

Can I file N-400 by myself?

Yes, you can file Form N-400 by yourself. Many people do it successfully on their own. However, if your case is complicated or if you have any legal issues or concerns, it might be beneficial to consult with an immigration attorney to ensure everything is done correctly.

Who is eligible for N-400?

To be eligible to file Form N-400, you generally need to be at least 18 years old, have been a permanent resident (green card holder) for at least 5 years (or 3 years if you’re married to a U.S. citizen), have continuous residence and physical presence in the U.S., be able to speak, read, and write basic English, and have a good moral character.

How much is the N-400 fee?

The filing fee for Form N-400 is $725, which includes a $640 application fee and an $85 biometric services fee. It’s always a good idea to check the USCIS website for the most current fees.

What happens when N-400 is approved?

When your Form N-400 is approved, you will be scheduled for a naturalization ceremony. During this ceremony, you will take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States, officially becoming a U.S. citizen. After the ceremony, you will receive your Certificate of Naturalization, which you can use to apply for a U.S. passport.

What are the 5 requirements to become a U.S. citizen?

To become a U.S. citizen, you must meet these five main requirements:

  1. Age: Be at least 18 years old.

  2. Residency: Have been a lawful permanent resident for at least 5 years (3 years if married to a U.S. citizen).

  3. Continuous Residence: Have continuous residence in the U.S. for the required period.

  4. Physical Presence: Have been physically present in the U.S. for at least half of the required residency period.

  5. Good Moral Character: Demonstrate good moral character.

Can I travel while N-400 is pending?

Yes, you can travel while your N-400 is pending. However, it’s important to inform USCIS of any address changes and ensure you don’t miss any appointments or notices. Keep your travel dates short and avoid any trips that might be seen as breaking your continuous residence requirement.

How long can I stay outside the US as a citizen?

As a U.S. citizen, you can stay outside the United States for as long as you want without risking your citizenship status. However, if you’re planning to live abroad for an extended period, you might need to look into tax obligations and the potential impact on your eligibility for certain benefits.

I hope this helps! Filing Form N-400 is an exciting step toward becoming a U.S. citizen. If you have any more questions or need assistance, feel free to reach out. Good luck on your journey to citizenship!

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