Applying for U.S. citizenship through naturalization involves several steps and requires a number of documents. Here’s a comprehensive checklist to help ensure you have everything needed for your application:
- Photographs: Two identical color photographs, if applicable (check the current USCIS requirements as this may vary).
- Form N-400, Application for Naturalization: Fully completed and signed. Application Fee: Check the latest fee on the USCIS website.
Proof of Identity and Legal Status
- Green Card (Permanent Resident Card): Copy of both sides.
- Passport: Current and expired passports that you have held during your time as a permanent resident.
Residence and Physical Presence
- Residence Documents: Lease agreements, mortgage payments, utility bills, or other proofs of continuous residence.
- Employment Records: Pay stubs, tax returns, or W-2 forms to prove physical presence.
Additional Documents (if applicable)
- Marriage Certificate: For those applying based on marriage to a U.S. citizen.
- Divorce Decree or Death Certificate: If previously married.
- Children’s Birth Certificates: For all children, if applicable.
- Name Change Documentation: Legal documents proving a name change, if any.
- Travel Records: Documentation of all trips outside the United States since becoming a permanent resident.
- Selective Service Registration: Proof of registration for male applicants who lived in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 26.
- Tax Returns: Copies of federal income tax returns for the last 5 years (or 3 years if married to a U.S. citizen).
Preparation for Interview and Test
- Civics and English Language Preparation: Study materials for the U.S. history and government (civics) test and English language test.
- Documentary Proof of Good Moral Character: Any relevant documents if you have been arrested, detained, or fined.
- Make photocopies of all documents you plan to submit.
- Keep a record of your application submission date and tracking information.
- Prepare for your citizenship interview and test by reviewing study guides and taking practice tests.
This checklist is provided for informatioUSnal purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Requirements may change, and additional documents may be necessary depending on your specific situation. Always refer to the official United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website for the most current information and guidance. For legal advice, consult with a licensed immigration attorney or accredited representative.