Application for Naturalization & U.S. Citizenship (Form N-400)
How much does it cost to become a U.S. citizen?
Currently it costs $725 to become a U.S. citizen through the naturalization process (for most applicants). There are various ways to pay for the N-400 filing fee and even a fee waiver for certain individuals that qualify.… Continue Reading →
What are the benefits of naturalization?
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 U.S. citizens. … Continue Reading →
Am I eligible to become a U.S. citizen?
Many lawful permanent residents are eligible to become a U.S. citizen and don’t even realize it. In fact, an estimated seven million green card holders are eligible right now. … Continue Reading →
What are the residency requirements for U.S. citizenship?
Eligibility for naturalization as a U.S. citizen requires most applicants to meet separate continuous residence and physical presence requirements. Applicants often misunderstand these closely related but unique criteria. … Continue Reading →
When does my time as a permanent resident begin?
Your time as a permanent resident begins on the date you were granted permanent resident status. Usually, you can find on this date on your green card.… Continue Reading →
My parent is a U.S. citizen. Am I also U.S. citizen?
In most cases you are a U.S. citizen if your parent became a U.S. citizen (or was already a citizen) before your 18th birthday. But immigration laws have changed over the years. Before filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, determine if you are already a U.S. citizen.… Continue Reading →
How do I attach additional information to my N-400 application?
In many cases you may have more information than can fit into the standard space provided on Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. This is especially common for travel records, previous addresses, and previous employers.… Continue Reading →
How do I list time outside the United States on Form N-400?
Form N-400 requires applicants to list each trip that was made outside the United States over the previous five years. Itemizing this “time outside the United States” can be a challenging task for applicants with numerous trips abroad.… Continue Reading →
How do I find travel records for the N-400 application?
Generally, you can find your travel history information inside your official passport. But, in some cases, you may not have your passport or are missing known records.… Continue Reading →
How do I list frequent trips outside the U.S. on Form N-400?
Some permanent residents live close to a U.S. border and have family or business purposes for routine trips across the border. These regular and frequent trips outside the U.S. may be impossible to list individually for the purposes of preparing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.… Continue Reading →
Do you have a sample cover letter to submit with Form N-400?
CitizenPath has created a sample cover letter to help you file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. It’s not required, but an N-400 cover letter can help clarify unusual circumstances or itemize the supporting documents for your case.… Continue Reading →
Can I file N-400 with a pending I-751 petition?
Your time as a conditional permanent resident counts toward the continuous residence requirement for the purposes of naturalization.… Continue Reading →
What is an Alien Registration Number and where do I find it?
Also known as an A-Number, your Alien Registration Number is an 8 or 9 digit number that can be found on a variety of documents from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or the former INS.… Continue Reading →
What is the good moral character requirement for naturalization?
One of the requirements for naturalization as a U.S. citizen is good moral character. Once you file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, USCIS will conduct a thorough review of your background and immigration history.… Continue Reading →
Can I travel outside the U.S. after filing Form N-400?
There are no restrictions on travel just because you’ve submitted Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. You may travel outside the U.S. after filing Form N-400, but there ways that travel can affect you and your application.… Continue Reading →
How long does it take to become a US citizen?
There a couple of major factors that can affect how long it takes to become a U.S. citizen. But you can only control one of them.… Continue Reading →
Can I use my married name when filing this USCIS form?
Whenever preparing USCIS forms, you’ll need to use your current legal name. If you are married, your current legal name includes your married name.… Continue Reading →
Can I file N-400 based on marriage if my spouse and I filed separate income tax returns?
Filing separate income tax returns (married filing separate) does not get in the way of filing a successful N-400 application on the basis of marriage to a U.S. citizen.… Continue Reading →
Can I apply for citizenship with overdue taxes?
In some situations, it is possible to successfully file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, even with overdue taxes.… Continue Reading →
How do I write a declaration of intent to reside abroad with my U.S. citizen spouse?
An applicant for naturalization under INA 319(b) must submit a declaration of intent to reside abroad with the U.S. citizen spouse and intent to reside in the U.S. upon the termination of the qualifying employment abroad. We provide a sample declaration of intent.… Continue Reading →