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United States Citizenship. A power point presentation in partial completion of requirements for ILS 504 Fall 2012 By Martha Blume. Why become a U.S. Citizen?. Vote. Serve on a jury. Travel with a U.S. passport. Bring family members to the U.S. –citizens usually get priority

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united states citizenship

United States Citizenship

A power point presentation in partial completion of requirements for

ILS 504 Fall 2012 By Martha Blume

why become a u s citizen
Why become a U.S. Citizen?
  • Vote.
  • Serve on a jury.
  • Travel with a U.S. passport.
  • Bring family members to the U.S. –citizens usually get priority
  • Obtain citizenship for children under 18 years of age.
more reasons
More reasons…
  • Apply for federal jobs.
  • Become an elected official.
  • Keep your residency.
  • Become eligible for federal grants and scholarships.
  • Obtain government benefits.
are you eligible
Are you eligible?
  • 18 years or older?
  • Permanent resident (have a “green card”) for at least 5 years?
  • Continuous residence in the U.S. for at least 5 years (or 3 years if you are married to a U.S. Citizen)?
  • Physically present in the U.S. for at least 30 months out of the last 5 years?
  • Lived for at least 3 months in the state where you claim residence?
eligibility continued
Eligibility, continued
  • Read, write, and speak basic English?
  • Basic knowledge of U.S. history and government (civics)?
  • A person of good moral character?
  • Support the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution?
helpful websites
Helpful Websites
  • For English language instruction in your community
  • www.literacydirectory.org/
  • For study guides in U.S. history and civics
  • www.uscis.gov/citizenshiptest
form m 480
FORM M-480
  • http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Resources/Citizenship%20&%20Naturalization%20Based%20Resources/A%20Guide%20to%20Naturalization/PDFs/M-480.pdf
what is the purpose of m 480

What is the purpose of M-480?

To determine if you are eligible

Do NOT send this to USCIS

Do NOT use this if you are under 18

Answer “TRUE” or “NOT TRUE”

If you think you are eligible, go to Form N-400

how to apply www uscis gov
How to Apply?www.uscis.gov
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services
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N-400 Application for Naturalization

http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/n-400.pdf

Or call

1-800-870-3676

to get the form mailed to you

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Fees
  • Fee for filing your application $595.00
  • Biometric services fee $ 85.00
  • (for having your fingerprints taken) _______
  • Total fee: $680.00
  • You must send a check or money order to the Department of Homeland Security.
  • DO NOT SEND CASH
what else do you need
What else do you need?
  • 2 identical passport-type color photos
    • Printed on glossy paper
    • With a white or light background
    • Unretouched
    • Size 2” x 2”
    • Taken within 30 days of filing
    • Write your name and Alien Registration Number on the back of each photo
what else do you need1
What else do you need?
  • A photo copy of both sides of your Permanent Resident Card
what else
What else?

A check or money order for $680 made payable to the Department of Homeland Security

Write your A-number on the back of the check

mail form n 400 to
Mail Form N-400 to:

USCIS Dallas Lockbox Facility

USCIS

PO 660060

Dallas, TX 75266

  • With:
  • your check
  • Photocopy of both sides of your Permanent Resident Card
  • 2 color photographs
if your current legal name is different from the name on your permanent resident card send
IF your current legal name is different from the name on your permanent resident card, send

a copy of the document that legally changed your name, like….

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree
  • Court document
if you are applying for residency based on marriage to a u s citizen provide copies of
IF you are applying for residency based on marriage to a U.S. Citizen, provide copies of:
  • Your current marriage certificate AND
  • Proof of termination of any previous marriages of your spouse AND
  • Evidence that your spouse has been a US citizen for the last three years AND
  • Documents referring to you and your spouse, like tax returns
  • If YOU were married before, send proof of termination of all previous marriages.
if you ever been arrested cited or detained by the police
IF you ever been arrested, cited, or detained by the police
  • Send original court-certified documents that show the court disposition of the case and verify whatever outcomes for all arrests and detentions
  • If you were put on probation, send evidence that you completed your probation.
if you traveled outside the u s for 6 months or more since becoming a permanent resident
IF you traveled outside the U.S. for 6 months or more since becoming a permanent resident,

send documents to show you plan to reside in the U.S., like:

  • An IRS tax return
  • Rent or mortgage payments
are you a man between ages 18 and 26
Are you a man between ages 18 and 26?
  • You must register for Selective Service (the draft) and provide proof of your registration
  • www.sss.gov
income tax forms
Income Tax Forms
  • Send certified tax returns for the last 5 years (or 3 years if you are married to a U.S. citizen)
  • www.irs.gov form 4506-T
what s next
WHAT’S NEXT?
  • You wait, an average of 6 months, for your forms to be processed.
  • USCIS will let you know where you need to go to be fingerprinted
  • You can check the status of your application at www.uscis.gov or 1-800-375-5283
the naturalization interview
The Naturalization Interview

• Receive an appointment for your interview.

• Go to your local USCIS office at the specified time.

• Bring state-issued identification, Permanent Resident Card, and any additional documents specific to your case.

• Answer questions about your application and background.

• Take the English and civics tests.

• Receive case status.

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The officer will continue to ask you questions about your N-400 form…and she may ask additional questions as well
the officer may ask questions about

The officer may ask questions about:

Trips outside the U.S.

Past marriages

Problems with the law

Military service in the U.S.

Allegiance to the U.S. government

history and civics test
History and Civics Test

Questions are asked orally; you must answer 6/10 correctly

sample test questions
Sample Test Questions:

1-Who was the first president of the U.S.?

2-Where is the Statue of Liberty?

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3-How many Senators are there

in the U.S. Senate?

4-What was one issue that led to the Civil War?

where to get help
Where to get help

http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.acfc8bb2d633f506e34f4a10526e0aa0/?vgnextoid=64f22cac1551b210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=5efcebb7d4ff8210VgnVCM10000025e6a00aRCRD

all of these resources are free at uscis gov
All of these resources are FREE at USCIS.gov

And they are available in 6 languages!

reading test
Reading Test

You must read one out of three sentences correctly to demonstrate an ability to read in English.

writing test
Writing Test

You must write one out of three sentences correctly.

helpful resources
Helpful Resources

www.uscis.gov

www.uscis.gov/citizenshipsessions

Form M-476, A Guide to Naturalization provides information on the benefits and responsibilities of citizenship, an overview of the naturalization process, eligibility requirements, and what to expect at your naturalization interview.

www.uscis.gov/natzguide

Form N-400, Application for Naturalization is the form you will use to apply for U.S. citizenship.

www.uscis.gov/n-400

If you believe you are already a U.S. citizen, determine if you are eligible to file Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship or Form N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate.

www.uscis.gov/n-600 www.uscis.gov/n-600k

To update your address with USCIS, file Form AR-11, Change of Address.

www.uscis.gov/addresschange