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.



Resource Website

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Website:

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



Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants


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)


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

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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42 thoughts on “Part 1: The Citizenship Process

  1. Even though everyone has completed this section, we regularly return to the content
    of the first part of the N-400 to practice possible interview questions. The students are
    very comfortable speaking.

  2. I want to be a citizen, because
    1 becoming eligible for federal jobs,
    2 voting,
    3 keeping my residency.

  3. i like to be a citizen because my familia is hear, and because like to have a chance to vote in the eleccion to the President. Ijust start the clases to lerning evething ineed to pass my test.

  4. I havent apply yet for the citizen test however Im already studing hard to be preapre for that day. I want to be a citizen because my kids are citizen and I want to stay in this country.

  5. I want to be a Citizen because I want my daughter to be a citizen too.I want to live in this Country with my family because it’s safer than my Country.

  6. The class its very helpfull, and the teacher explain all our question i would like to came a us citizen because my family grew up in this beatiful country

  7. I am to be a US citizen because this is the world leading country economically, militarilly or politically.
    The United States of America is ” open ” to all people despite of races or colours, greed or religion beliefs.
    The United States of American allows to further my education even I do not have money with the loan or grant system put in place by the government.

  8. I want to be a citizen because unites is a peaceful country in united states of America every body respect the law.
    I Like this country be my country I will Stay here forver.
    I like this country so much.

  9. I want to be a Citizen because I’m living here and i want to vote in federal election. My boy is a citizen and i want to be one too.

    because i am living here i want to vote in federal election and my boys are grow in here.
    my class is very clear and helps a lot. teacher Barbara is great her class is very cool i learning very much.

  10. 1. I enjoy teaching the computer based Citizenship class!

    2. I am learning about the process of naturalization.

  11. 1. I want to be American citizen because I want my hasbund to come here soon .

    2. I am starting the process now.

  12. I want to be an American citizen because there is the nice system in
    USA, and the weather here is my good choice, I can get the vote here.

    2 I just start to learn the Naturatization.

  13. 1. I want to be an American citizen because I want to be elegible to vote. 2. I am starting the process now.

  14. 1.I want to be an American Citizen because I want to vote and have thes ome rigths as American people.

    2.I am learning about the process of Naturalization.

  15. 1.I want to be an American citizen because my family is here and i want get all right as an American.

    2.I like liveing here and I like go to Wake tech to study.I can learning very much and I can make more friends. I can also learing differient curtural from other coutry.

  16. The new 401 North Citizenship class is a great diverse group of students all with the same goal of achieving citizenship.

  17. 1. I want to be an American Citizens because my family live here,but I would like to help my family what live in other country.Also I wish to be part of this country.

    2.I am very happy because I can to be part of the Wake Tech Class Citizens.

  18. The Spring 2015 Citizenship class at 401 North is a great large group of many diverse students interested in learning more about the Citizenship process.

  19. I want to become US citizen ,because this country is one of the best freedom country in the world . so I can speaking and doing more things what I want , and I like this country air and water ,land are fresh , clean and green .

  20. Because my husband and my children are citizens and i want too.
    Because is easier to bring my family to the United State.

  21. I have joined this Citizenship class because it is a great opportunity to learn about Government and History of the US.

  22. I want to be an american citizen because i have this opportunity for vote and eligilbility,and best freedom.

  23. I want to be an American citizen because there is the nice system in
    USA and every body respect the law. I want to be eligible to vote. I want get all right as an American.

  24. I want to be a US Citizen because in this country I have many possibilities to grown in many aspects of my life, as a freedom, work, health, and so on, I can travel around the world without any problem and I love this Country

  25. Citizenship gives many opportunities and rights in this country, and also being citizen will help my family from Mexico to come legally to the United States.

  26. I want to be a citizenship because I am living in this country almost 7 years ago and all these time this country has given me more opportunity to grow.
    I have a daughter and I’m sure that she is going to realize her dreams like me.
    For those reasons I want to be an American Citizen because this nation has a better system.

  27. I want to learn US history, and I want to be able to vote. I want to participate in our democracy. Became a US Citizen has been my dream. I have been in this country half of my life. I feel, I am belongs to this country.

  28. I want to become a US citizen because I’m living here, I would like to vote in a federal elections and get a good job.
    Just I am filling the N-400 Form and I like to sent it soon. I am learning about the United States for the Naturalization test. Thank you Teacher Angela we are learning a lot.

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