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Citizenship Resource Center

Citizenship Resource Center

U.S. citizenship through naturalization is the most common way that immigrants become U.S. citizens. It’s the end of a long journey but the beginning of a new life for many Americans. become a us citizen citizenship resource center

When you’re ready to prepare the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, CitizenPath will guide you through the application using simple instructions and explanations. Not ready yet? We can help you prepare. Download Become a U.S. Citizen – a free ebook for permanent residents to become U.S. citizens through naturalization.

Benefits of U.S. Citizenship

The Constitution and laws of the United States give many rights to both citizens and non-citizens living in the United States. However, some rights are only for citizens, such as:

  • Voting. Only U.S. citizens can vote in Federal elections. Most States also restrict the right to vote, in most elections, to U.S. citizens.
  • Bringing family members to the United States. Citizens generally get priority when petitioning to bring family members permanently to this country.
  • Obtaining citizenship for children born abroad. In most cases, a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen is automatically a U.S. citizen.
  • Traveling with a U.S. passport. A U.S. passport allows you to get assistance from the U.S. government when overseas.
  • Becoming eligible for Federal jobs. Most jobs with government agencies require U.S. citizenship.
  • Becoming an elected official. Many elected offices in this country require U.S. citizenship.
  • Showing your patriotism. In addition, becoming a U.S. citizen is a way to demonstrate your commitment to your new country.

You may be surprised to learn how much more affordable naturalizing as a U.S. citizen can be compared to remaining a permanent resident. Use the Citizenship Cost Calculator to compare.

U.S. Citizenship Knowledge Base

Many of your most frequently asked questions about U.S. citizenship, naturalization and Form N-400 can be found in our N-400 knowledge base. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, contact us with a question.

U.S. Citizenship & Naturalization News

citizenship application checklist U.S. Citizenship Application Checklist Helps You Get Ready for Naturalization - The U.S. citizenship application, officially known as Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, is the longest and most complex USCIS form that most people will ever use. However, with preparation, you can complete the application on your own. We want to make sure you’re ready. There are several pieces of information that you’ll need available to … Continue reading U.S. Citizenship Application Checklist Helps You Get Ready for Naturalization
Green Card Renewal Process is Sucking You Dry How the Green Card Renewal Process is Sucking You Dry - Last month U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it would be increasing the fee on the green card renewal process by an additional $90. Each and every time you need to renew or replace a green card, you’ll soon pay $540 in USCIS filing fees. However, you have until December 23, 2016, to file … Continue reading How the Green Card Renewal Process is Sucking You Dry
uscis fee increases USCIS Fee Increases Effective December 23rd - Effective December 23, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will increase the fees that must be submitted with the majority of its immigration forms. The USCIS fee increases, which were finalized in an announcement yesterday, can be found in a final rule published in the Federal Register. Applications and petitions postmarked or filed on … Continue reading USCIS Fee Increases Effective December 23rd
how to become a us citizen How to Become a U.S. Citizen - Resources for permanent residents to overcome barriers like money, age, language, and civics knowledge. If you’ve put off naturalization because you think it’s too difficult or too expensive, think again. Provisions in the law and numerous free resources are making it easier than ever to become a U.S. citizen. CitizenPath published a free guide for … Continue reading How to Become a U.S. Citizen
benefits of us citizenship 3 Practical Benefits of U.S. Citizenship - Proponents of U.S. citizenship will often point out the patriotic and emotional benefits of naturalization. These are all valid reasons, but naturalizing as a U.S. citizen is just downright practical for permanent residents. Individuals with lawful permanent resident status (green holders) often weigh the value of becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen. Many are satisfied with … Continue reading 3 Practical Benefits of U.S. Citizenship
uscis lost my application USCIS Lost My Application - Unfortunately, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is no different than any other massive government organization – they are heavily burdened with a large workload and aren’t the most efficient organization. In fact, several agencies make up the overall immigration system. Consular offices, Department of State and the National Visa Center all play a role. … Continue reading USCIS Lost My Application

Additional U.S. Citizenship Resources

Read more about N-400, Application for Naturalization
Watch a video about N-400, Application for Naturalization
USCIS Web Page for Citizenship Through Naturalization
N-400 Citizenship Application Checklist
Expedited U.S. Citizenship for Military Personnel and Families
USCIS Guide to Naturalization
Information on Dual Citizenship
Study Materials for the U.S. Citizenship Test