How does the citizenship (naturalization) process generally work?

You first need to complete a naturalization application and send it in to US Citizenship and Immigration Services with a copy of your green card, the required photos, the correct supporting documents, and payment for the processing fees. After filing your application, you may have to wait many months to be interviewed.

When the local USCIS office is ready, you will then be asked to come in and be fingerprinted. Later you will be scheduled for your actual interview and examination.

At the interview, a USCIS officer will test your English language ability and your knowledge of US history and government.

If everything goes well at the interview, you’ll receive an appointment for your swearing-in or oath ceremony, where you will receive a Certificate of Naturalization to prove that you are officially a citizen.

And once you are a citizen, you can petition to have close family members join you in the United States.

If you have any questions regarding immigration, please feel free to call me, immigration attorney Shawn Mesa at (813) 679-5780.

Disclaimer: This information is provided as a public service and not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Any reliance on this information is taken at your own risk.

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