As part of the July 4th celebration for 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently held more than 100 naturalization ceremonies through the nation to welcome about 9,000 new people as U.S. citizens. Held from June 30th through July 4th, these naturalization ceremonies involved citizenship candidates swearing the Oath of Allegiance, which essentially declares that the newly dubbed citizens will be loyal to and defend the laws of the U.S. against all enemies (both foreign and domestic).
As USCIS Acting Director, Lori Scialabba, explained, “we’re honored to celebrate Independence Day by welcoming new U.S. citizens at ceremonies across the United States… it’s our pleasure to celebrate the fulfillment of
An Overview of the Naturalization Process: Becoming a U.S. Citizen
For the thousands of people who were sworn in as U.S. citizens over the recent Independence Day celebrations, this ceremony was the culmination of the naturalization process, which for some, may have been a long journey.
In fact, according to USCIS, the general process of naturalization is as follows:
- Determine a person’s eligibility to become a U.S. citizen
- If a person is eligible for U.S. citizenship, then he needs to complete a Form N-400, Application for Naturalization – Various supporting documents, as well as 2 passport-style photos will need to be submitted to USCIS along with this completed Form.
- Pay the required fees for processing Form N-400 and request a receipt (to verify the submission of your application).
- Attend a biometrics appointment, if necessary – This will involve getting fingerprinted and potentially even submitting to further FBI background checks.
- Complete the citizenship interview.
After the citizenship interview, a person’s application may be continued (if, for instance, the individual fails the English or civics test), or a decision on the application may be granted. While this is a very simplified view of the process, it’s important to note that:
- Mistakes in completing the Form N-400 or in filing any necessary documents can result in significant delays to the processing of a person’s application.
- In the worst cases, these mistakes may trigger an application denial.
- Working with an experienced immigration lawyer like those at the Hanlon Law Firm can help your case proceed as smoothly as possible.
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Our firm offers state-of-the art technology to deliver these services efficiently while also providing each of our clients with old-fashioned personal service. That means you can count on your case progressing as quickly as possible while feeling confident that your Hanlon Law Group lawyer will answer your questions quickly, clearly and honestly.
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