Steps for Attaining Citizenship

  1. A wonderful resource in explaining the steps towards naturalizing as a U.S. Citizen is found in USCIS’ A Guide to Naturalization .
  2. The process begins through Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization). Form N-600 is used for children under 18, but that process is not described here.
  3. Next review the Naturalization Eligibility Worksheet to assure you qualify before proceeding.
  4. Take two passport style photographs of yourself.
  5. Review the Document Checklist. Collect required documents.
  6. Send your application package and filing fee to the appropriate Lockbox Facility or Service Center.
  7. Receive an appointment letter for biometric services from USCIS.
  8. Visit a USCIS fingerprinting location and have fingerprints taken.
  9. Receive an appointment for an interview with a USCIS Officer.
  10. Go to your local USCIS office at the specified time.
  11. Bring state-issued identification, Permanent Resident Card, and any additional documents specific to your case.
  12. Answer questions about your application and background.
  13. Take the English and civics tests.
  14. Congrats you are done!  Now patiently await a decision on your case. Most decisions are made within 5 to 8 months. also has an excellent guide on How to apply for US citizenship along with many helpful links and resources.