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Naturalization is the process in which people who were born outside of the United States become U.S. citizens. In order to be eligible for naturalization, there are set requirements a person must meet, established by Congress in the Immigration and National Act (INA).

Process of Naturalization

Before you apply to become a U.S. Citizen, it is important to consider your current status and potential eligibility. The process to becoming a naturalized citizen includes several steps.

Determination of Eligibility

If you are a U.S. citizen by birth, you do not need to apply for naturalization. If you are not a citizen by birth and haven’t acquired U.S. citizenship by any other means, you will need to review the Naturalization Eligibility Worksheet to determine if you are eligible to apply.


Once you have determined your eligibility, you will prepare and submit Form N-400 along with  the necessary documents to support your application. When your application is complete, you will need to pay the required processing fees and submit your form.

Interview Process

After you submit your application, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will review your application and supporting documents and schedule an interview to complete the naturalization process.


After the interview, the decision will be mailed to you and will be available for viewing in your online USCIS portal. Your decision will be one of the following:

  • Granted: your Form N-400 has been approved based on evidence submitted and you are eligible for naturalization
  • Continued: the USCIS may continue your application if you have not provided enough evidence or documentation
  • Denied: USCIS will deny your form based on evidence stating you are not qualified for naturalization

Oath of Allegiance

If the USCIS approves your Form N-400 during your interview, you may be able to attend a naturalization ceremony on the same day. Otherwise, the USCIS will mail you a date, time, and location of your ceremony.

You are not an official U.S. citizen until you have taken the Oath of Allegiance. The Oath of Allegiance is the oath that must be taken by every permanent lawful resident who wants to become a citizen.

Certificate of Naturalization

After you take the Oath of Allegiance, you will report your naturalization to the USCIS. You will be required to turn in your Green Card and will then receive your Certificate of Naturalization.

Contact an Experienced Attorney Today

For assistance on the naturalization process, contact the attorneys of Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C. today. We provide individuals, families, and employers the legal representation they need to navigate the process of naturalization. Contact a member of our team today at 312.444.1940.

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