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How does someone become a citizen of the United States?

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2023 | Immigration

There are numerous types of immigration opportunities available to those who want to come to the U.S. Some people just want a visa so they can visit loved ones in the United States, study at a school here or pursue a domestic job. Others hope to become permanent residents so that they can spend the rest of their lives stateside.

However, those with visas or green cards still sometimes end up facing removal from the country. Citizens have more protection and also have more rights than those who hold visas or green cards. For those who are interested in the opportunity to become citizens, it is worth considering the question of “How does someone born in another country become a citizen of the United States of America?”.

They naturalize

The process of becoming a United States citizen involves an application and an interview. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will perform a thorough background check to make sure no recent criminal infractions would disqualify the applicant. Someone typically needs strong connections to the country and proof of a long-term stay to qualify for naturalization. If someone meets the standards for naturalization, the USCIS will schedule an interview. During that interview, the applicant will have to clarify any questions about their status or intentions. They will also have to pass two tests in most cases. How they perform on that test will determine if they can become citizens or not.

What does the naturalization test involve?

The tests required to become a citizen are most oral examinations. The applicant will answer verbal questions about the United States government and the history of the country in English. They will also need to demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing in English as well as speaking and understanding spoken English. The USCIS website does provide vocabulary lists and a comprehensive list of the questions that could be on the naturalization Civics test.

What if someone fails?

Many people worry that they will not pass the naturalization test. However, most people who take the test pass, and even those who do not have the option of retaking it one time after they fail. With the right support and preparation, many permanent residents can become naturalized citizens.

Learning more about different immigration programs can help people protect their and strengthen their status in the United States with the assistance of an experienced legal professional.