Immigration Direct is dedicated to teaching you how to become a U.S. citizen in the clearest, most accurate way possible. You'll find the entire naturalization process outlined below. Please keep in mind that depending on where and when you file your application, it can take anywhere from 5 months to 2 years from the time of filing to become a U.S. citizen.
The swearing-in ceremony for receiving the naturalization certificate will take place within 6 months of your interview, though in a few a district offices of the USCitizenship and Immigration Services (formerly the INS), it can take another 1 or 2 years.
The length of this waiting period depends on the number of people who have applied to become U.S. citizens before you. Therefore, don't wait to get started!
To avoid even further delays, it's important to be properly prepared. Making a mistake on your application can cost you even more time. To help, we've compiled a useful list of the steps you'll need to take to become a U.S. citizen. However, there's more you'll need to know. Much more than we can cover in this Web page alone.
Luckily, we can help you submit a flawless application the very first time. With expert advice on every step of this complicated process, you can be confident your application has been filled out perfectly. Enlist our services and get started on the road to U.S. citizenship today!
Getting Photographed and Submitting your Application
- Complete your application to become a U.S. citizen with help from the Immigration Direct system
- Get two professional passport photographs taken of yourself
- Collect all the documents described in the instructions given to you by our system. Make sure each of these documents is properly completed to ensure that your naturalization process goes smoothly
Receive an Appointment Letter from the USCIS (formerly the INS)
- Go to the fingerprinting location specified on the letter
- Get your fingerprints taken
- Along with your application, Mail any additional documents requested by the USCIS
- Wait for USCIS to schedule your interview
- Receive an appointment for your interview from the USCIS
- Go to your local office at the specified time
- Bring identification and provide any additional documents requested by the USCIS
- Answer questions about your application and background
- Take the English and civics tests (Receive the 100 sample questions with answers FREE when you purchase our service!)
- Await 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
- Enjoy your new life as a United States citizen!