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Citizenship FAQs: What Documentation Do I Need For The USCIS Interview?

Citizenship FAQs: What Documentation Do I Need For The USCIS Interview?

During the citizenship application process, applicants will have an interview with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer. At this interview, you will need to present documentation to support your citizenship application.  This may include birth certificates, marriage licenses and proof of continuous residence in the United States. You probably submitted your documentation with your citizenship application, but you should also bring the original documents with you to the naturalization interview.

Documents You Should Bring To A Citizenship Interview

You should bring the original versions of the documentation you submitted with your citizenship application to the naturalization interview, including:

  • appointment notice confirming the date, time and location of your interview
  • proof of identification such as a driver’s license, passport, or state identification card
  • birth certificate
  • adoption certificate
  • marriage licenses
  • divorce documentation
  • financial records
  • certified records of arrests and criminal convictions (If you have criminal history, discuss your case with an immigration attorney before submitting your naturalization application!!)
  • Form I-551 Permanent Resident Card (green card)
  • proof of continuous residence in the United States
  • current and expired passports and travel documents issued to you that document your absences from the United States since becoming a permanent resident
  • military service documentation

USCIS Form M-477 has a complete Document Checklist of documents to bring to your naturalization interview.

Benefits Of Naturalization

Naturalization can bring many rights and privileges, such as voting in elections and becoming eligible for certain government jobs. There are also financial benefits associated with becoming a United States citizen. Understanding all the rights and responsibilities associated with becoming a United States citizen is important before applying for naturalization.

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Do You Want to Become a U.S. Citizen? Talk To A Citizenship Lawyer

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