The Naturalization Process

Getting Photographed and Submitting Your Application:
- Complete Form N-400 (your application to become a U.S. citizen)
- Get two professional passport photographs taken of yourself
- Collect all the documents you will need and make sure they are all completed

Getting Fingerprinted:
- Receive an appointment letter from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
- Go to the fingerprinting location specified on the letter and have your fingerprints taken
- Mail any additional documents to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, if requested, along with your application.
- Wait for USCIS to schedule your interview

Your Interview:
- Receive an appointment for your interview from the USCIS Services
- Go to your local office at the specified time
- Citizenship and Immigration Services has requested of you
- Answer questions about your application and background
- Take the English and civics tests
- Receive a decision from the USCIS

Taking the Oath:
- Receive a ceremony date from the USCIS
- Check in at the ceremony
- Return your permanent resident card
- Answer questions about what you have done since your interview
- Take the naturalization oath
- Receive your Certificate of Naturalization