The United States is a nation mainly originated by immigrants dating back to the 1600s. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in the last decade, the U.S. welcomed over 6.6 million naturalized citizens. Individuals who seek to become U.S. citizens must follow the procedures and guidelines set by the USCIS. Here are five steps highlighting the requirements to becoming a U.S. Citizen. 1. Demonstrate eligibility Determine continuous residence in the country for at least 5 years immediately before the date you file Form N-400. Probe that you have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the 5 years immediately before the date you file Form N-400. Be able to read, write, and speak basic English including a basic understanding of U.S. history and government. Be a person of good moral character and demonstrate an attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution. A full list of all the eligibility requirements can be found here. 2. Complete the application Form, N-400 Applicants should fill out the application for Naturalization Form, N-400. Applicants can use Form (M-476) as a resource to have a better understanding of the Naturalization process. Don’t forget to check the checklist Form (M-477) to ensure that you have all the paperwork finished. A mistake following all the steps may result in disqualifying the applicant. 3. Biometrics checklist An appointment at a local office is required to proceed with the process, after you complete your application form. The biometric appointment includes fingerprints, photographs, the applicant’s handwritten or digital signature. A valid photo ID is mandatory to bring to the appointment. 4. Interview Appointment After completing the prior steps, USCIS will schedule a date for a personal interview with the applicant. Applicants will meet with an officer who will review the completed N-400 Form together with taking the civics and English test. Applicants will know the results of the interview the same day with a granted or denied decision. 5. Oath of Allegiance If the USCIS approves your application, you have made it to the final step of the process: the Oath of Allegiance. Applicants may take the Oath of Allegiance the same day as the interview, but in case they can’t take it the same day, Form N-445 Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony will be mailed to the applicant, After taking the Oath, you are officially a Naturalized U.S. Citizen and will receive the Certificate of Naturalization verifying your status! If you need support in your relocation to the USA don’t hesitate to contact our local consultants.