Steps in the Naturalization Process

In order to apply for naturalization to become a U.S. citizen, you must follow these steps:

  1. Register for a BCCC Citizenship Preparation Class!  (This is not mandatory, but highly recommended.)

  2. Complete an N-400 form (Application for Naturalization).  Include a check or money order (payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security) for $680, a copy of your green card (front and back), and two passport-style color photographs with your full name and A# printed in pencil on the back.

    Mail this to:

    US Citizenship and Immigration Services
    P.O. Box 660060
    Dallas, TX 75266
    (Note:  It is suggested that this be mailed return receipt requested

  3. After the government receives your properly completed application, you will receive the following:
    a.  A receipt notice (within a month)

    b.  A biometrics notice for an appointment to get your fingerprints taken (within a few months)

    c.  An appointment notice for an interview with USCIS (within a few months more)

  4. At the interview with USCIS (where you must bring ALL the documents requested in your appointment letter), a USCIS officer will review your application with you.   He/She will ask 10 questions on US history and government and you must get at least 6 of these questions correct.  The officer will also ask you to read one sentence in English and write one sentence in English. 

  5. If you pass the interview, you will then attend a Naturalization Oath Ceremony where you must take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States. This will complete the naturalization process. If you do not pass the interview, you will be scheduled for a second interview with USCIS. If you fail the second interview, you must start the naturalization process over.