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How to Apply to Become a US Citizen

Once you have decided to become a citizen of the “Land of Opportunities” then I bet you are wondering how to go about it. I am sure you know that there is paper work and forms to complete and I know that you will have heard about the dreaded citizen test. But how do you start the ball rolling?

The easiest way is to hire an immigration lawyer who will happily deal with all the laborious forms and litigations that you will have to go through and offer you advise on sitting the exam. Immigration lawyers however are extremely expensive and if you are in the minority who can afford this luxury then this is your answer.

Most of US however do not have spare cash lying around waiting to be devoured by lawyers. In which case the process is going to be slightly more difficult for you. Don’t get me wrong, it is exactly the same process, you just won’t have someone checking your forms and getting you onto the next step, it will all be on you. But I promise, it is by no means impossible.

Applying to become a US citizen is straight forward and relatively user friendly. First of all you need to have lived on US soil for a minimum of five years, each of these years spending at least six months in the country. Without having done this you will not be able to apply to become a legal immigrant.

The next step is to fill in the citizen application form. This form you can collect from the USCIS or download and is generally straight forward to fill in. You must be one hundred percent truthful within this form however as any lies can and will be discovered prolonging the process or even halting it all together.

The final step is the Citizen Test. This is the most feared element, but even if you are one of the few who can afford an immigration lawyer, when it comes to this test, you’re on your own. The good thing about it however is that the questions are straight forward and there are sample questions available on the internet and lots of guides on how to pass it out there to get you through it.

And that’s it, simple huh? I know it seems daunting, but when you break it down it really isn’t that bad at all.



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