Applications for Naturalization
If you're currently seeking citizenship in the U.S. and you've found yourself asking any of the following questions, we want to help.
- Why is my application for citizenship taking so long?
- How long does it take to get citizenship after the interview?
- Why are there delays in my citizenship process?
The legal team at Iyer PLLC has recently seen a lot of forward movement with citizenship filings being approved, and we want to help as many people as we can while this wave continues. To get started, contact us online or call us at (832) 430-3167.
How to Apply for Citizenship in the U.S.
If you're like most people, you probably have a lot of questions about how to apply for citizenship in the United States. Here are some general steps to follow:
- Determine if you are eligible for citizenship. This includes being a lawful permanent resident for at least five years, being able to speak, read, and write English, and demonstrating knowledge of U.S. history and government. An attorney from our firm would be happy to meet with you to review this criteria in more detail to determine your eligibility.
- Collect the necessary documents for your citizenship application. This includes your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), proof of residence, passport-style photos, and more.
- Complete Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. You can complete this form electronically or by hand. If completing the form by hand, be sure to use black ink only and do not clutter your form in any way, including highlighted text, crossed out words or phrases, and writing beyond the allotted fields provided. Doing so could cause delays in your application process.
- Submit your application and supporting documents to the USCIS office nearest you.
- Attend your biometric appointment and interview. Be prepared to pay the $85 fee for biometrics services (this is in addition to the $725 filing fee when submitting your N-400 application).
- Receive a decision on your citizenship application from the USCIS. If approved, take the Oath of Citizenship at a naturalization ceremony.
If you want to become a citizen of the United States, you might need some help. An attorney from our office can assist you to ensure that all forms are filled out correctly and submitted with the right supporting documents. We know the best tips for ensuring that everything goes smoothly throughout the process, and we’ll even help you prepare for your interview.
Your application for naturalization is one of the most important things you’ll do in this lifetime. Our team is here to answer any questions you have along the way. To get you started, here are a few FAQs that we get often:
How do I know if I qualify?
In order to be eligible for citizenship, you must be a lawful permanent resident for at least 5 years; be able to speak, read, and write English; and demonstrate knowledge of U.S. history and government.
Can I file early?
Many people wonder if they can file for citizenship early. The answer is yes, you can file for citizenship up to 90 days before your 3- or 5-year wait period as a Green Card holder is up. However, be aware that there might be some disadvantages to filing early. For example, if your application is denied, you will lose the fees you paid and will have to start the process over from scratch. It’s also important to note that filing early won’t grant you early citizenship. You’ll still need to complete full 3-5 years as a Green Card holder. Filing early simply gives you a jump start on the process. It's always best to speak with an attorney before making any decisions about your citizenship application.
What will my interview be like?
The interviewer will ask about your background, how you became a permanent resident, and why you want to become a citizen. They may also ask about your family members and your work history. You will need to show that you meet all of the eligibility requirements for citizenship. If you have any criminal convictions, you must also be prepared to answer questions about those. The interview typically lasts about 20 minutes. Rest assured, our team will help you prepare for what you might be asked during the interview so there are no surprises.
How long does the naturalization process take?
Typically, the naturalization process takes over a year and wait times have been at an all-time high over the past couple of years. The length of your application process will depend in part on the USCIS field office handling the application. Fortunately, Iyer PLLC has seen positive movement on citizenship approvals recently, and we’re optimistic that this trend will continue for those who choose to file under our guidance.
We’re Here to Help You on Your Path to Citizenship
If you are interested in applying for citizenship to the U.S. and want to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible, you will want to work with Iyer PLLC. We have helped many clients successfully apply for citizenship and can guide you through every step of the process.
We understand the importance of citizenship and will work diligently to help you obtain it. To get started, call us at (832) 430-3167 or contact us online.