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What to expect during the naturalization process

On Behalf of | May 2, 2019 | naturalization & citizenship

For immigrants in Texas to obtain full citizenship, they must go through the process of naturalization. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines naturalization as the process required to become a citizen of a country that is different than the one the person as born in. There are several different steps to become naturalized, and they are all specified by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The first step is to complete an application for naturalization. This involves obtaining two passport-style photos, collecting all the evidence and documents necessary for the application and a complete review of the interview to correct any mistakes made.

Second, there is a biometrics appointment where the person gives a signature, photo and fingerprints. It is important to show up at the right time with a permanent resident card or Form I-551, the appointment notice and some sort of secondary identification form. This can include a state identification card, passport or driver’s license. Fingerprints are sent to the FBI for a background check.

After this appointment, there is an interview, during which the person answers questions about their background and application. It is also required that a civics and English test be taken unless the person has a waiver or exemption. It is encouraged that applicants study before taking this test.

Once the application has been approved, the person is scheduled for a time to take the Oath of Allegiance. Attendance at a naturalization ceremony where the Oath of Allegiance is taken is mandatory to the naturalization process. Then a Certificate of Naturalization is given, and the next step is to get involved in the local county, state and country.