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You’re finally ready to apply for naturalization. You want to do it as quickly and as hassle-free as possible. Considering today’s online world, is it possible to apply for citizenship online? Yes, it is!
Below we explain step by step exactly how you can apply for citizenship online. Let’s take a look.
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Yes! You can apply for citizenship online! In fact, we’d encourage you to. There are many benefits when you apply for citizenship online instead of submitting paper via mail.
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits when you apply for citizenship online.
Firstly, it is much quicker and easier to answer all the many questions in your naturalization application electronically with a click of a button, or to type our long answers instead of writing them by hand!
But it’s not just that. Other benefits when you apply for citizenship online include:
In fact, it isn’t just filing your application online that has benefits. After you apply for citizenship online, you can also check the status of your case and related updates on your United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) account. You will be able to respond to any Requests for Evidence online on the same account, and you will have electronic access to every notice the USCIS sends you. Finally, on top of all that, you can send the USCIS secure messages on your online account and get answers quickly and directly.
Considering all the benefits, it seems like a no brainer that you would want to apply for citizenship online. So, let’s take a look at how to apply for citizenship online.
The first step is to create your USCIS online account. Go to the USCIS website here and click on “create your new account”. Fill in your email and click on “Sign Up”. You will receive a confirmation email in your email inbox. Confirm your email address by clicking on the link in the email.
Once you’ve set up your account, you can go back to the USCIS page and sign in with your email and password. Remember, your password will need a capital letter, number, and symbol.
The last part of signing in to your USCIS account will be to fill in the one-time password, which would be sent to your email or mobile phone.
Once you’ve signed in to your USCIS online account, you can start your naturalization application.
To start, click on “file a form online”. Select “Application for Naturalization (N400)” and click on “Start Form”.
You will encounter the following steps and questions as you progress through your online application.
You will first need to confirm your eligibility before you can start your application. It will automatically take you to a page where you can click on “determine my eligibility”. You will then be taken through a set of questions that will confirm whether you are eligible for naturalization.
These questions will include:
Once you’ve answered all the questions, it will confirm whether you may be eligible to apply for naturalization. Remember, if you passed this preliminary questionnaire, it doesn’t guarantee you are eligible for naturalization. It just indicates that you may be eligible based on the answers you provided.
If it confirms you may be eligible for naturalization, you can click on “Go to the application for naturalization (N-400)” to proceed with your application.
You will then be taken to a preliminary information page that confirms the fee and steps in your naturalization application. Read through the information carefully and, once you are comfortable that you understand everything, you can click “next”. It will then take you to another page which explains the online application process and provides useful information such as how long it will save your draft application before it is permanently deleted. You will also see a DHS Privacy Notice, which explains how the Department of Homeland Security will protect your personal information.
When you are ready, click on “start the application”. Every time you have completed a step, you can click on “next” to proceed to the next question or step. Each time you select “next”, it will automatically save your responses.
The application will start with a confirmation of the basis of your eligibility from the questionnaire you completed. If the basis of your eligibility is incorrect, click on “change my basis for eligibility” to correct it.
It will then ask you for the following personal information:
Questions relating to where you’ve lived and worked before will be:
Other personal questions will also include:
You will have to answer the following questions about your family:
You will have to answer the following questions about your moral character to determine whether you are a person of good moral character:
Finally, it will confirm your attachment to the U.S. constitution and whether you understand and are willing to take the Oath of Allegiance.
Once you’ve answered all the questions, you will also need to provide the following evidence:
Once you’ve worked through all the questions, review your whole application before you submit. Make sure there are no errors and that all the questions have been answered truthfully. When you’re ready, you can select “submit” and that’s it! Your application for naturalization will be submitted.
Applying for citizenship online is quick and easy. There is no need to struggle with paper forms and snail-mail. Follow the easy steps we’ve set out above and submit your application for naturalization online today!
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