TAXES

Citizens qualify for more tax breaks than residents do. These include the Unified Credit and the Unlimited Marital Deduction.

TRAVEL

Citizens may live or travel abroad for as long as they want. The U.S. passport offers visa-free entry to 174 countries and territories.

FAMILY

Citizens can petition for green cards for their parents and siblings. Visa wait times are shorter for family members of citizens. 

VOTE

Let your voice be heard. Citizens can also run for office and apply for federal government jobs, while residents usually can't.

SAFETY

Permanent residents can be deported if they commit certain crimes or violate the tems of residency Citizens aren't faced with that kind of risk.

Meet with an attorney to make sure you’re eligible.

Work on your part of the application.

Study for the civics test.

Get fingerprinted.

Attend an interview.

Take the oath of allegiance.

Talk to an attorney.

Make sure you're eligible. Most applicants need to have been legal permanent residents for 5 years and shouldn't have major criminal issues. 

Compile your info.

You’ll fill out a questionnaire that we'll use to prepare your application. You'll collect certain documents and pay the $680 filing fee to the government.

Study for the test.

At your interview, you'll be asked to answer 10 questions in English about America. Study from the bank of 100 possible questions.

Get fingerprinted.

The FBI conducts criminal background checks on all applicants. This usually happens 1-2 months after we submit your application.

Attend an interview.

You’ll meet with an USCIS officer and answer questions about your application. You’ll also take the civics test. We'll help you prepare.

Take the oath.

You’ll attend a ceremony with other people who are naturalizing. You'll swear your allegiance and promise to be a good citizen of the U.S. 

Celebrate being a citizen!

Share the good news with family and friends.

Take advantage of the tax breaks, petition for green cards for your family members, and don’t forget to vote. 

You might know more than you think.

You can study for the test in 3 parts.

SPOKEN: A USCIS official evaluates your verbal command of the language during the interview.

WRITTEN: You'll be given three sentences to read and three sentences to write. You only have to get one in each category right.

CIVICS: You'll take a 10-question written test about history, geography, and laws. You only have to get 6 questions right. 

If you've been in the U.S. long enough to naturalize, there's a good chance you've picked up enough English to make it through the citizenship interview. And if you're reading this, you shouldn't have a problem with the test.

 

But if you're worried about your English proficiency levels, find a native English speaker to practice with. Practice listening to one English sentence at a time and writing it down. Study the questions again and again.

 

Remember: we believe in you. You're not a stranger to hard work ; you immigrated to this country. Some studying now means an easier test later - and decades worth of citizenship benefits to enjoy. 

Practice by taking (or making) opportunities to speak English in your daily life

Download and study these vocabulary words. 

There are 100 questions that could appear on the test. Download all of them here and start learning or reviewing the answers.

You might not have to take the test. 

You don't have to take the English parts of the test if you're 50 or older and have had a green card for 20 years, or if you're 55 or older and have had a green card for at least 15 years. If you meet these requirements, you can take the civics test in your native language. If you're 65 or older and have had a green card for more than 20 years, you may not have to take the civcis test at all. 

 

If you have a disability, you likely qualify for certain accomodations, such as more time.

Click the icon to be directed to an online practice test in English or Spanish. Take it as many tines as you want. 

You get a second chance. 

If you don't pass a portion of the test, you can try again 60-90 days later. You only have to retake the portion of the test that you didn't pass the first time. 

If you're excited to begin the naturalization process, or just looking to know more about how it works, let us know. We'll be in touch within a business day to answer your questions and help you get started.
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Check out this photo album of BKR receptionist Claudia Chirinos on the day of her naturalization oath ceremony.