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The key steps to naturalization in the U.S.

If you want to become a U.S. citizen in Mississippi through the naturalization process, you will be dealing mostly with the USCIS. Review the entire process before you submit an application to understand what to expect. You will have a greater chance of success when you know what the steps are.

Study for the civics and English test

Before you submit your application for naturalization, you should study civics and English because you will have to take tests on these subjects. You want to feel prepared for passing the tests rather than being rushed to learn.

Submit form N-400

Once you have an understanding of civics and English, you should submit form N-400. You will need to include documents proving that you are eligible for naturalization. Immigration law requires those who reside outside of the U.S. to also take two passport-style photos. There is a filing fee of $725 to submit form N-400. If you don’t need a biometrics appointment, then the filing fee is $640. There is no application fee for military applicants who file under section 328 or 329 of the INA.

Attend a biometrics appointment

The USCIS will send you a notice about your biometrics appointment with a pre-scheduled time and date. This step of naturalization is to take your fingerprints, signature and photos.

Complete the interview

After your biometrics appointment, the USCIS schedules an interview where you take the civics and English tests. During the interview, the USCIS asks you about your application and background. It’s important to be honest throughout the entire process because dishonesty could result in a permanent denial.

Oath of allegiance

If the USCIS accepts your request for naturalization, all you have left is your oath of allegiance ceremony. After taking the oath during your ceremony, you are officially a U.S. citizen. Review your certificate of naturalization to confirm there aren’t mistakes with the document before leaving the ceremony.

You could consult with an immigration lawyer if you still have worries about doing everything correctly. An attorney may help ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process.