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How to Apply? 

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To apply for U.S. citizenship through naturalization, you must:

  • Complete the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. Review the form instructions for directions on completing the Form N-400. 
  • Copy your Permanent Resident Card (“Green Card”). You must submit a copy of the front and back of your Permanent Resident Card with your application.
  • Photographs. If you reside overseas, you must have two passport-style photos taken and submit them with your application. Please refer to the Required Evidence section of the Form N-400 instructions for more information on the specific requirements for submission of your photos.
  • Submit the Filing Fee(s). Include the appropriate filing fee with the Form N-400 and biometric services fee. Fees are accepted in the form of money order, personal check or cashier’s check only. Refer to the Form N-400 instructions for further details. New Application Fee is $640, and Biometrics Fee is $85. Applicants 75 years of age or older are not charged a biometrics services fee, so the total filing fee is $640. We recommend you pay your fees by money order that’s the most secure method. 
  • Submit Evidence. Include all required initial evidence and supporting documentation for the Form N-400. Make sure you make photocopies of all your documents (and send those photocopies with your signed application and fees – keep your originals!)
  • Sign and File the Form N-400. File the application at the correct filing location according to form instructions.

 

To apply for U.S. citizenship through naturalization online, you should:

  • Create a USCIS account. This will allow you to access the online Application for Naturalization (N-400).
  • Complete the online Application for Naturalization (N-400). You should provide as many responses as you can throughout the application.
  • Upload evidence. This includes images of the front and back of your Permanent Resident Card. Additional evidence will be requested based on the information you provide in the online application.
  • Review and sign. You will be able to provide a digital signature.
  • Pay and submit. USCIS will send you to Pay.gov – their safe, secure payment website – to make your payment and submit your application online. Submitting your application online costs the same as mailing in a completed paper form.
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Important Information - Please Read!

Note: There are one hundred (100) civics – including history and government- questions on the naturalization test (or interview). During your interview, you will be asked up to 10 questions from the list of 100 questions. You must answer correctly six (6) of the 10 questions to pass the test and do well in your interview.

Tip: If you are 65 years of age or older and have been a permanent resident for at least 20 years at the time of filing the Form N-400 “Application for Naturalization” you are only required to study twenty (20) of the one hundred (100) civics questions. These will be marked with an asterisk (*) throughout the course for quick study. You may also be eligible for an exemption to the English test requirements because of a physical or developmental disability or a mental impairment. To request the English test exemption, submit Form N-648 “Medical Certification for Disability Exemptions” together with form N-400.  

Warning: avoid scams! Many people offer help with immigration services. Unfortunately, not all are authorized to do so and may look to rip you off. This is against the law and is considered an immigration services scam. You can read more about how to avoid scams here: www.uscis.gov/avoid-scams


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 About my US Citizenship Test Prep Course Online

Americans by birth or by choice, we are all united by the common civic values expressed in our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. This common civic identity binds us together as one nation. 

I created the US Citizenship Test Prep Course Online  with these values in mind. My goal was to produce a course to help anyone who meets all the legal requirements – and is ready to apply for US Citizenship through the Naturalization process, to be better prepared and become a more confident candidate. I also wanted to provide everyone with all the tools and information needed to begin the application process in one place, available 24/7, and accessible from any device. 

I know from my own personal experience how difficult and exhausting the whole preparation process is. After a long 9-year period (1 as immigrant with a working permit, 3 as a green card holder, and 5 as full time resident) I could finally file my application for naturalization. So I made this choice and became a naturalized US citizen in 2007. Trust me, it wasn’t easy.

As I began my own study for the naturalization interview and the English test, I had to use many study materials but couldn’t find a single product that could offer the depth and flexibility that I needed. After looking exhaustively at dozens of links on the Internet, and going through lots of resources on paper, I still wasn’t getting enough quality practice for both; the Naturalization Interview and the English Test. My limited study time pushed me to use any free time for study and practice. I listened to recorded audio and did most of my reading while commuting to and from work. My spouse and a few of our close friends became my go-to sources for explanations.  I even asked colleagues at work to join me for lunch or coffee breaks to help me study. I would have them quiz me and correct my wrong answers over and over again. This went on for months.

I want you to avoid going about your preparation the way I did it. This is why I wrote this course organizing its content into manageable, self-contained lessons that provide lots of practice opportunities for inferring, repetition, memorization, reviewing, and self-assessment. Throughout the entire course, I carefully recycled key concepts and important information that can appear in your own interview, as well as the English test. For expansion and deep learning, I have included in each lesson featured links to authentic and official sources such as USCIS.gov, Whitehouse.gov, History.com, and many others, and embedded high-quality audiovisual media elements right into the lessons in order to offer a rich-media learning experience for everyone.

I sincerely hope you enjoy preparing for your interview and test with this course, and I want to congratulate you for making the choice of becoming an American citizen.

Welcome to the USA!

In loving memory of William C. Brown III – my inspiration to become an American citizen.


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