As a lawful permanent resident in the United States, the next step for you is to apply for US citizenship. The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) offers the naturalization process for permanent residents who want to transition to US citizens.
The naturalization process requires you to submit the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, clear a two-part naturalization examination, and finally attend the Oath Ceremony to become a US citizen. You must clear this process without making any errors as repeating the process becomes very expensive and time-consuming.
What Are the Common Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for US Citizenship?
Failure to Meet Eligibility Requirements:
It is common for many permanent residents to apply for naturalization without fully understanding the eligibility requirements for the process. It is the applicant’s responsibility to understand what is required of them in terms of eligibility.
Therefore, if you are confused, then consult an immigration attorney who can help you navigate through the process. It is the best way to avoid unnecessary expenses and make sure that your file is complete and you qualify for citizenship.
Failing to Double-Check the Application Before Submission:
It is very important to double-check, even triple check your naturalization application before you submit it to the USCIS. Therefore, always review your application and ensure that all the information provided is correct and consistent with the information provided in previous immigration forms.
If you have any previous criminal convictions or failure to follow court orders, then it is best to contact an immigration attorney to resolve these issues.