Citizenship FAQs: How Long Does Naturalization Take?
There are three ways someone can become a citizen of the United States:
- Derivation (Automatic)
Naturalization is the most common way for foreigners to become a U.S. citizen. It is a process where a person not born a U.S. citizen voluntarily applies for citizenship and completes certain requirements. These can include passing a citizenship test and taking the oath of allegiance.
How long does the naturalization process take to become a U.S. citizen?
The naturalization process typically takes between 6 months and a year to review the application. Although it can take longer depending on the particular situation. Since the global COVID pandemic and USCIS offices were closed, and many appointments were canceled, there have been backlogs and longer processing times. USCIS is working to increase processing times. The process may be sped up if there are extenuating circumstances, such as military service or marriage to a U.S. citizen.
- It is important to note that all applicants must pass an English proficiency test in order to be approved for naturalization.
- In some instances, you may qualify for a waiver or exemption from the English test.
- Additionally, applicants must also pass a civics exam to demonstrate knowledge of United States history and government.
- If you have a physical or mental disability that affects your ability to take the test, you may be exempted from the Civics test.
Once USCIS receives the Form N-400 Application for Naturalization, and supporting materials and documentation, an interview will be scheduled. Then the USCIS will make its decision regarding naturalization within 90 days of that interview. During this time, it is important to keep up with any notices or paperwork that may be requested of the applicant.
After naturalization is granted and the applicant becomes a new citizen of the United States, USCIS will send the individual a certificate of nationalization, which should be kept in a safe place.
Benefits Of Naturalization
Naturalization can bring many rights and privileges, such as voting in elections and eligibility for certain government jobs. There are also financial benefits associated with becoming a United States citizen. It is important to understand all the rights and responsibilities associated with becoming a United States citizen 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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