When Can I File my N-400 application:
You may file Form N-400 ninety (90) calendar days before you complete your permanent residence requirement if your eligibility for naturalization is based upon being a:
- Permanent resident for at least 5 years; or
- Permanent resident for at least 3 years if you are married to a US citizen
You must be married for 3 years and be a Permanent Resident for 3 years in order to qualify to apply for the N-400.
Out of the five years you have to be physically present in the US at least half of the time (i.e., no less than 30 months out of preceding 60 months).
What issues could prevent my N-400 from being approved?
The most common include long periods of stay outside of the U.S. or problems with the law that could affect one’s “good moral character”.
Prior criminal offenses are particularly problematic because they not only could lead to a denial of the naturalization application, but they could also place the individual in removal proceedings with no recourse for relief.
How do I File my N-400 application:
Here are the general steps in the N-400 Citizenship Application process:
Determine if you are eligible to apply for citizenship.
Prepare Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
Complete your application.
Have two passport-style photographs taken.
Collect the necessary documents
Send your application package and filing fee to the appropriate Lockbox Facility or Service Center.
Receive an appointment letter for biometric services from USCIS.
Visit a USCIS fingerprinting location and have fingerprints taken.
Receive an appointment for an interview with a USCIS Officer.
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.
Await a decision on your case.
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