US Citizenship Naturalization

Naturalization: Becoming a US citizen

To become a Citizen of the United States, The eligibility requirements are:

You must be a lawful permanent resident.

You must be 18 years or older

You must have continuous residence in the USA and be of good moral character

 

For my clients who got their green cards through marriage. The continuous residence period is only 3 years. And we can start the naturalization process even before that, three months earlier. So that it may be possible to be sworn in as a US citizen on the exact three year anniversary of the start of your permanent residence.

Other green card holders, those not married to US citizens must wait till they have accrued 5 full years of permanent residence.

The next eligibility requirement is that you confirm you have “Attachment” to the US Constitution

The Constitution is the document that sets up how U.S. Government and laws of the US work.

Attachment means you agree with the Constitution�s principles, and you will support and defend them.

Finally, you must demonstrate knowledge of English and US Civics.

If you are married to a US citizen, once you have reached 2 years and 9 months of permanent residency, or if not married to a US citizen, you have reached 5 years of permanent residency we submit the application for Naturalization to USCIS.

The application includes evidences of your eligibility.

And just like when we worked earlier to obtain your fiance or spouse visa and adjustment of status. I will provide you with a detailed and personalized list of the photos, documents and evidences needed for your shoebox.

You’ll not hear from USCIS for a while, but eventually they will schedule you for a formal Interview and tell you where and when to go.

You’ll want to bring to the interview, the appointment notice, your green card, your passports, and US id’s, as well as the evidence portion from the application we submitted, which will have all the supporting and evidence documents that might be needed.

At the start of the interview, the USCIS officer goes over your application in front of you, and asks questions about what you have submitted.

He’ll ask your name, address, where you come from, marital history, travel history, etc. He is just confirming that you know what’s been stated on the application and that and still stick with what you said. And during this Q + A your ability to speak English is measured.

When satisfied, he’ll ask for you to sign the application again.

Then on to the Civics and English reading and writing tests. You have already passed the English speaking portion.

You are shown three sentences, and asked to read one out loud.

Then you are shown three sentences and asked to write a copy of one.

The vocabulary words used are all very basic and available for study at the USCIS website or from your VisaCoach account page.

The civics test consists of 100 possible questions. The officer may ask up to 10 (chosen randomly) and to pass, you must get at least 6 right.

Study materials are also available at USCIS or your VisaCoach account page. The only marginally tricky issue, is that everytime there is an election, a half dozen of the answers change: for example who is the President,who is your local Senator, who is your state’s Governor, and so on.

At the end of the interview the officer lets you know you passed, and that the next step will be your swearing in ceremony.

Depending on where you live the oath taking ceremony will be scheduled after a few months. If you are married to a US citizen and applied right at the 2 year, 9 month mark, you will have to wait at least until your 3 year Green card anniversary has passed.

The Naturalization swearing-in ceremony is a big affair. Typically a few hundred immigrants will be sworn in at the same time, and various elected officials, judges, prominent individuals attend to give speechs and welcome the brand new US Citizens.

After your oath ceremony you are officially a US citizen and have all the rights and responsibilities that come with.

Previously, as a Lawful Permanent Resident you could apply to sponsor your spouse or child for immigration to the USA, but no one else.

Now as a US citizen, you can Also sponsor a fiance, your parents, and your siblings for immigration.

And of course, VisaCoach is available to help you make it happen

By Fred Wahl
the VisaCoach

K1 Fiance visa steps to US Citizenship

K1 Fiance to US Citizen in 6 Steps

I speak to a lot of callers who think that once their fiance arrives in the USA and they get married that the fiance automatically becomes a US citizen. Sorry, this is not true. So here I will try to clarify the steps, starting from long distance romance through Naturalization when your fiance can finally become a US Citizen.

 

Step 1: Find Her or Him

The process starts with you falling in love with someone who was born and lives outside the USA. While it is pretty easy to meet someone using the internet and it is pretty easy again for a US citizen to travel wherever he likes in the world it turns out it’s not so easy to bring your new love to live with you permanently in the USA. So this requires the next step. Continue reading “K1 Fiance visa steps to US Citizenship”

Naturalization Costs for US Citizenship

US Citizenship Application Costs 

 The spouse of a US citizen may apply to become a US citizen after 3 years of permanent residency. A lawful permanent resident, not married to a US citizen may apply after 5 years of permanent residency.

The process to apply for US citizenship is called Naturalization. The fees needed to apply with form N-400, effective October 2, 2020 are as follows:

Continue reading “Naturalization Costs for US Citizenship”

How to Apply for US Citizenship

Applying for US Citizenship

Generally, a person who aims to naturalize will have first to become a permanent resident.

Becommng a US citizen, you obtain numerous rights that in fact permament residents or others would not have, this includes the right to vote.

To qualify for naturalization, you need to first meet particular requirements.

What are Naturalization’s basic requirements?

Continue reading “How to Apply for US Citizenship”

USCIS: New Filing Fees Effective October 2

 

USCIS has finally confirmed it’s new fee schedule. It takes effect in less than two months, on October 2, 2020. And that is not a lot of time to prepare a solid application.

USCIS announced its new fee schedule for immigration applications. Both Naturalization (for US Citizenship) and Adjustment of Status (for lawful permanent residency) have risen substantially.

If you are considering applying for US citizenship, you should submit asap (before October 2) and avoid a 61% price increase ($445).

If applying for for Adjustment of Status for a Child you can avoid a 51% increase ($380).

If applying for Work or Travel Authorization (at same time as Adjustment of Status) you can still get these Free of Charge ($0 !!). Currently Work Authorization and Travel Authorization applications when submitted at same time as Adjustment of Status need no filing fee, they are included “Free of Charge” as part of the adjustment of status process. But, starting October 2 they cost $545 and $585 respectively.

For Fiance and Spouse visas the change is marginal, only $25. Up $25 for fiancee visas, down $25 for spouse and relative visas.

USCIS: Filing Fees Go up on October 2

New Fees: Effective October 2, 2020
Old Filing Fee New Filing Fee Change
Fiance Visa $535 $510 –  $25
Spouse Visa $535 $560 + $25
Concurrent Filing $1,760 $1,690 – $70
Adjustment of Status (Adult)
Adjustment of Status (Child)
with Work Authorization
with Travel Permission
$1,225
$   750
$       0
$       0
$1,130
$1,130
$   545
$   585
  – $95
+ $380
+ $545
+ $585
Removal Conditions on Residence $680 $ 760 + $80
US Citizenship $725 $ 1,170 + $445
Relative Visa
(Child, Parent, Sibling)
$535 $ 560 + $25

Click here for the FULL schedule of new USCIS fees

US Citizenship $445 Fee Increase apply before October 2

Apply for US Citizenship Save $445

 

The filing fee to become naturalized as a US citizen is increasing by 61%, up $445,  from $725 to $1,170,

Filing fee to become naturalized as a US citizen is increasing by 61%, up $445, from $725 to $1,170

The new fee starts on October 2, 2020

If you have met the eligibility requirements to become a citizen, apply now and avoid the price jump.

The primary requirement is that you have been a lawful resident of the United States for a few years.

If you married a US citizen, and have been married to that US citizen for at least two years
and nine months during your permanent residency, then you are eligible to apply.

Or if you are not married to a US citizen, or were and are now divorced,then you are eligible to
apply after 5 years of permanent residency.

In the case of a spouse of a US citizen, if your green card came from the marriage,
then after two years of residence you had to apply for removal of conditions.

This process sometimes is pretty slow, and often takes more than a year before you
get your permanent green card, the so called ten year green card.

As long as you have accrued two years and nine months of lawful residence, even though your final,
and permanent, green card has not yet been approved and issued.

You do NOT have to wait. You can begin the application for naturalization, right now.

Besides the requirement on residency, the following eligibility requirements must also be met

One: You must be 18 years or older

Two: You must be of good moral character

Three: You agree to support and defend the the principles of the US Constitution

Four: You can speak and read English

Five: Finally you must pass a simple multiple choice test on US Civics.

At the end of the interview the officer
lets you know you passed, and that the next
step will be your swearing in, naturalization ceremony.

After your this ceremony you are officially a US citizen
and have all the rights and responsibilities that
come with.

You can vote, get a US passport, and sponsor fiance, parents
and siblings for immigration to join you in the USA.