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Background checks and naturalization

On Behalf of | May 6, 2022 | naturalization & citizenship

If you are preparing to move forward with naturalization, it is crucial to familiarize yourself with the process and prepare for your interview. For example, you should take a look at how the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services carries out background checks.

The outcome of a background investigation can have an impact on an applicant’s ability to go ahead with a naturalization interview, and you may need to review unique issues (such as securing a fingerprint waiver).

Naturalization and fingerprint requirements

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, those pursuing naturalization must go through background checks that include fingerprints and name checks with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). You must satisfy these requirements before you can attend a naturalization interview.

The USCIS collects fingerprints from naturalization applicants no matter how old they are. Those who do not appear at a fingerprinting appointment without informing the USCIS beforehand have abandoned their application. However, if you need a waiver because you have birth defects, a skin condition or another condition that prevents you from providing fingerprints, you might have the ability to secure a fingerprint waiver after meeting with a USCIS officer in person.

FBI name checks and naturalization

In addition to fingerprints, the FBI will carry out a name check and provide the results to the USCIS. You must pass this name check in order to schedule a naturalization interview.

It is vital to find answers to any questions you have and carefully work through the naturalization process. Having a solid understanding of the various requirements and steps you need to take can help increase your chances of a favorable end result.

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