Working with professionals who understand the legal stipulations around the naturalization process is necessary to ensure that you accurately complete the process. Unfortunately, even one error on your application can place you on hold or send you back to the beginning of the process. To make navigating naturalization easier, here are five tips to consider.
1. Work With Immigration Lawyers
Applying for citizenship in the U.S. requires filling out identification paperwork with 100% accuracy. If you are not familiar with the application process or have difficulty reading or understanding English, seek help from immigration consultants who have experience with the process.
2. Understand The Green Card Process
The process of obtaining citizenship through naturalization is citizenship obtained through getting your green card. Ultimately, to become a permanent citizen of the U.S., you will eventually exchange your green card for a certificate that confirms your permanent U.S. citizenship.
The first step is getting your green card. To acquire a green card, you must have a relative who is already a citizen of the US petition for your green card. If you do not know of any relatives in the U.S. who are legal U.S. citizens, you can also have an employer offering you a permanent position in the U.S. petition for your green card.
To apply for permanent U.S. jobs, be sure to have your resume translated to English. If you are an asylee or refugee, you can petition for your green card yourself. Once you have your green card, you can move on to the additional steps required to obtain permanent citizenship.
Keep in mind, though, that you cannot pursue permanent citizenship in the U.S. until you have lived in the U.S. for five years. During this time, you must have obeyed all U.S. laws. You can achieve temporary residency through study abroad programs and government incentive programs.
3. Prepare For Citizenship Test
Once you have received your green card, the next step in acquiring citizenship through naturalization is to prepare for the Citizenship Test. This test will gauge your understanding of American history and how well you understand the functions of the U.S. government.
Your commitment to democracy and your English proficiency will also be considered. It may take months to hear back on a scheduled date for your test. In the meantime, study for the Citizenship Test so that you are as prepared as possible. Once you pass the exam, you can schedule your official review to continue the process.
4. Prepare For Your Review
Your citizenship review or citizenship interview will review the identification paperwork and steps that you have completed up until this point. An American officer will look over everything to determine if you’re qualified to move on.
To prepare for your interview, practice speaking English if you are not well-versed in the language and be prepared to have an explanation for any red flags that may be indicated on your application.
5. Attend Your Citizenship Ceremony
After passing your review, you will schedule your Citizenship Ceremony where you will exchange your green card for a certificate demonstrating your permanent citizenship for the U.S. You will give your Oath of Allegiance to the U.S. during this time.
The Bottom Line
There are many steps involved to obtain citizenship via naturalization. Take things step-by-step to achieve permanent citizenship as quickly as possible. Remember to work with professionals who can help you through process to avoid inaccuracies.