Part 1: The Citizenship Process

1. Why do you want to be a US Citizen?  Write 3-4 sentences explaining why you want to become a US Citizen.

 

 2. Where are you in the Citizenship process? Write 3-4 sentences explaining what you have done so far, if anything.

 

Naturalization applicants must demonstrate an ability to read, write, and speak words in ordinary usage in the English language, and have a knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government (civics). Applicants must pass a naturalization test to become naturalized citizens. The naturalization test consists of two parts – an English and a civics part.

The Five Steps to Naturalization

1. Preparing to Apply

  •    Complete the Naturalization Eligibility Worksheet. (A Guide to Naturalization Page 31)
  •     Get an “Application for Naturalization” (Form N-400).

2. Completing Your Application and Getting Photographed

  •     Complete your application.
  •     Get two passport-style photographs taken.
  •      Collect the necessary documents.
  •      Send your application, passport-style photographs, documents, and fee (DO NOT SEND CASH) to the appropriate Lockbox Facility or Service Center.
  •     Keep a copy of everything you send to USCIS.

3. Getting Fingerprinted

  •  Receive an appointment letter from USCIS.
  • Go to the fingerprinting location.
  • Get your fingerprints taken.
  • Mail additional documents if USCIS requests them.
  • Wait for USCIS to schedule your interview

4. Being Interviewed

  • Receive an appointment for your interview.
  • Go to your local USCIS office at the specified time.
  • Bring state-issued identification, Permanent Resident Card, and any additional documents specific to your case.
  • Answer questions about your application and background.
  • Take the English and civics tests.
  •  Receive case status.

5. Taking the Oath

  • Receive a ceremony date.
  • Check in at the ceremony.
  • Return your Permanent Resident Card.
  •  Answer questions about what you have done since your interview.
  • Take the Oath of Allegiance.
  • Receive your Certificate of Naturalization.

 

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Resource Website

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Website:    USCIS.gov

This is a US Government website containing everything citizenship. We will visit this website many times during our class.

 

Reading

Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants   http://www.uscis.gov/files/nativedocuments/M-618.pdf

 

Read:  Becoming a Citizen. (Pgs 89-93) Then answer the following questions.

 

1. Why become a US Citizen? Name three of the eleven reasons given.

 

2. What is the process of becoming a US citizen called?

 

3. What are the six general requirements you must meet to become a US Citizen?

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Read:   “Pathway to Citizenship and Components of the new Naturalization Test” Posters (USCIS M-685) http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Office%20of%20Citizenship/Citizenship%20Resource%20Center%20Site/Publications/PDFs/M-685.pdf

 

Watch: Becoming a US Citizen: An Overview of the Naturalization Process (11 minute movie)

http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.acfc8bb2d633f506e34f4a10526e0aa0/?vgnextoid=16ac5d47bf51b210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=358630b3974e5310VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD

1. To be eligible for naturalization what must you do?

2. List two of the items the video says you must do to be eligible for naturalization.

3. List two of the items the video says you must not do to be eligible for naturalization.

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