Benefits of becoming a Naturalized Citizen
Only citizens can vote in federal elections. Most states also restrict the right to vote, in most elections, to U.S. citizens.
Serve on a jury
Only U.S. citizens can serve on a federal jury. Most states also restrict jury service to U.S. citizens. Serving on a jury is an important responsibility for U.S. citizens.
Travel with a U.S. Passport
A U.S. passport enables you to get assistance from the U.S. government when overseas, if necessary.
Bring family members to the U.S
U.S. citizens generally get priority when petitioning to bring family members permanently to this country.
Obtain citizenship for children under 18 years of age
In most cases, a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen is automatically a U.S. citizen.
Apply for federal jobs
Certain jobs with government agencies require U.S. citizenship.
Become an elected official
Only citizens can run for federal office (U.S. Senate or House of Representatives) and for most state and local offices.
Keep your residency and prevent deportation
A U.S. citizen’s right to remain in the United States cannot be taken away.
Become eligible for federal grants and scholarships
Many financial aid grants, including college scholarships and funds given by the government for specific purposes, are available only to U.S. citizens.
Obtain government benefits
Some government benefits are available only to U.S. citizens.
The sense of security that comes with American citizenship and a commitment to one’s adopted home can lead to increased productivity and long-term investments in the receiving country, such as buying a house or opening up a business.
General Eligibility Requirements
Be at least 18 years old at the time you file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
Be a permanent resident (have a “Green Card”) for at least 5 years.
Demonstrate continuous residence in the United States for at least 5 years immediately before
the date you file Form N-400.
Show that you have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the
5 years immediately before the date you file Form N-400.
Show that you have lived for at least 3 months in the state or USCIS district where you apply.
Students may apply for naturalization either where they go to school or where their family lives (if they are still financially dependent on their parents).
Be a person of good moral character.
Demonstrate an attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution.
Be able to read, write, and speak basic English
Have a basic understanding of U.S. history and government (civics).
Take an oath of allegiance to the United States.
Preparing For The Interview
During your naturalization interview, a USCIS Officer will ask you questions about your application and background. You will also take an English and civics test unless you qualify for an exemption or waiver. The English test has three components: reading, writing and speaking. The civics test covers important U.S. history and government topics. See below to learn more about the test and the free study tools available to help you prepare.
USCIS provides various free study materials. Click the button to learn more.
What to expect at the interview
We offer Citizenship Classes throughout the year
The cost is $30. It covers the cost of the classes and a workbook.
Our classes are taught by volunteers and are taught in English.
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