Naturalization is the process by which an immigrant to the United States applies for U.S. citizenship. In addition to the Form N-400 Application for Naturalization, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires certain supporting documents. This guide will serve as a document checklist for the naturalization process. Filing for U.S. Citizenship can be complicated. ImmigrationHelp.org can help you prepare your citizenship paperwork for free with our simple online application. Click the button below to get started, or read on to learn more.
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All applicants must submit proof of their permanent resident status. They can do this by including a front-and-back copy of their green card (permanent resident card).
Unless they are exempt or are applying for a fee waiver, all applicants must submit their application fee payment by personal check, money order, or credit card authorization Form G-1450.
All currently or previously married applicants must submit copies of the following (if applicable):
Applicants living and applying from abroad must include two u.s. passport-style photos (2 inches by 2 inches).
Applicants filing based on their qualifying u.s. military service must include Form N-426, Request for Certification of Military or Naval Service.
Applicants requesting an exemption from the citizenship test based on a qualifying medical condition must include Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions.
Applicants requesting a reduction of the application fee must submit Form I-942.
Applicants requesting a waiver of the application fee must submit Form I-912.
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All applicants must bring a Green Card (Permanent Resident Card).
All applicants must bring a State ID, Driver's license, or some other form of state-issued identification.
All applicants must bring their passports (current and expired) and USCIS travel documents (such as Form I-94)
All currently or previously married applicants must bring all of the following that applies (to themselves):
All currently married applicants must bring all of the following that applies to their current spouse:
If applicable, all applicants must bring as many of the following as they can:
There are additional supporting documents that can either be included with your Form N-400 application or brought to your naturalization interview. Since any changes to these forms after you submit them can lead to a delay, it is recommended you bring the forms to your naturalization interview instead of including them with the Form N-400 application.
Applicants filing based on their marriage to a U.S. citizen must provide one of the following:
Applicants filing based on their marriage to a U.S. citizen must also provide original copies of the following:
Applicants filing based on their marriage to a U.S. citizen should also bring as many of the following as they can:
Applicants listing their children or dependents on Form N-400 must bring each of the following for each child:
Applicants listing their children or dependents on Form N-400 must bring the following for each dependent child who does not live with you and for other dependents (spouse and/or ex-spouse(s)):
All applicants must bring copies of their Federal income tax returns for the past 5 filing years (or past 3 filing years if applying based on marriage to a U.S. citizen).
All applicants who have taken any trips abroad lasting over 6 months (181 days) but less than 1 year (364 days) should bring as many of the following as possible:
Males who have lived in the United States (or received their green card) between 18 and 26 years of age must register with the Selective Service.
If you registered for Selective Service, you can use the Selective Service Online Verification. You will need your last name, Social Security number, and date of birth.
If you did not register for Selective Service but were required to, bring all of the following:
All applicants who have ever been Arrested, Detained, Charged, Convicted, Received an alternative sentence, Placed in rehabilitation must provide certain documentation.
If you have ever been arrested or detained anywhere in the world, and no charges were filed, bring both of the following:
If you have ever been arrested or detained anywhere in the world, and charges were filed, bring certified copies of all of the following:
If you have ever been convicted or placed in alternative sentencing (such as diversion) or rehabilitation (such as drug treatment or community service), bring both of the following:
If you have ever had any arrest or conviction vacated, set aside, sealed, expunged, or removed from your record, bring one of the following:
If you have ever been in a traffic incident that involved alcohol or drugs, led to an arrest, or seriously injured another person, bring the following: