Becoming a citizen of the United States is the desire of many immigrants who have worked hard to build a fulfilling life in this country. However, the process can become overwhelming, especially regarding processing times.
If you are planning to start or are already applying for citizenship with Form N-400, you may wonder how long the process will take. In this article, Our immigration and citizenship lawyers at New Frontier Immigration Law explain the different steps of the citizenship application and the processing times you can expect.
What Is the Biometrics Appointment, and How Long Does It Take During the Process?
It’s natural to have many questions during your naturalization process, so let us explain: The biometric appointment is an essential step in the citizenship application process through Form N-400. Your fingerprints, photograph, and signature will be taken during this appointment.
Appointment Notice for Biometrics
After submitting your Form N-400, you will receive a notice from USCIS with the date, time, and address of the location for your biometric appointment. You must read this notice carefully and follow the instructions. If, for any reason, you are unable to attend your scheduled date, you may request a change by following the guidelines provided in the same notification.
Biometrics Appointment Day
On the day of your biometric appointment, be sure to bring:
- Your Appointment notice for biometrics
- Photo ID
- Copy of Application
- Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
- Foreign passport
- Copy of the Notification of Asylum or Refugee (if applicable)
- Employment Authorization Form (if applicable)
- Letter of Waiver of Language Requirements (if applicable)
Remember to review the notification and arrive on time carefully. If you have questions or concerns, New Frontier Immigration Law attorneys are ready to provide guidance and assistance.
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What Is the Naturalization Interview, and How Long Does It Take?
During this interview, a USCIS officer will review your application and determine if you meet the requirements to become a citizen of the United States. The time it takes can vary, but it usually can take months, depending on your location, how many applications USCIS has, and some other factors.
Appointment Notice for the Naturalization Interview
Also known as “Naturalization Interview Appointment Notice.” It contains important information such as your interview’s date, time, and location. It is important to carefully check the details and ensure you are available on that date.
Naturalization Interview Day
The Naturalization Interview is an important moment on your path to citizenship. Here are some suggestions from our immigration experts to prepare properly:
- Necessary documentation. Be sure to bring all the original documents that USCIS has requested in the interview notice. That may include your Green Card, foreign passport, and other specific documents.
- Prepare for questions. Remember to prepare to answer questions about your personal history, time in the United States, and knowledge of the country’s structure and language. Practicing your answers beforehand can help reduce anxiety during the interview.
- Test of English and civic knowledge. You may get questioned about the English language and American civic duties. We suggest you study the Civics Questions and Answers Manual provided by USCIS and practice your English.
- Positive attitude. Keep a positive attitude during the interview. Be respectful of the USCIS officer and answer clearly and honestly.
Remember, your interview is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to the values and principles of the United States.
What Is the Oath of Allegiance Ceremony, and How Long Does It Take During the Process?
The Oath of Allegiance ceremony is the last step in the naturalization process and marks the end of your journey to American citizenship. During this ceremony, you take a solemn oath of allegiance to your new country and become a US citizen.
The time it takes to receive the notification of approved citizenship can vary; in some cases, it can happen shortly after the interview, while in other cases, it can take months. The time depends on factors such as the USCIS workload, application volume, and geographic location.
Notice of Oath of Allegiance Ceremony
After you successfully pass the naturalization interview, you will receive a written notification from USCIS with details about the ceremony’s date, time, and location.
Day of Your Oath of Allegiance Ceremony
On the day of your ceremony, you will take an oath of allegiance with other applicants who have also completed their naturalization process. The ceremony may include speeches, music, and the oath of allegiance. After that, you will receive a Naturalization document, official proof of your American Citizenship.
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Talk to an Experienced Immigration Lawyer
New Frontier Immigration Law attorneys are ready to provide guidance and support throughout the process. We can help you understand the deadlines and requirements and bring peace of mind during this challenging process.
Our immigration attorneys have the experience to guide you and help you make informed decisions. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and begin your path to becoming a United States Citizen.