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Become a Citizen: Get Information on the Naturalization Journey

8/22/23 AILA Doc. No. 17080261. Naturalization & Citizenship

On behalf of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), congratulations on making the decision to become a United States citizen. Your journey to naturalize will include a series of steps. It is advisable to seek the help of an immigration attorney in moving forward with your Naturalization process. An attorney can help you:

  1. Determine your eligibility to become a U.S. citizen.
  2. Gather all information and documents required to prove your eligibility.
  3. Complete Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, with the help of an attorney or a reputable organization.
  4. Submit Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, with the help of an attorney or a reputable organization.
  5. Go to the biometrics (fingerprinting) appointment.
  6. Complete the interview.
  7. Receive a decision from USCIS on your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
  8. Take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.
  9. Understand your rights and responsibilities as a U.S. citizen.

On (or around) September 16, 2023, AILA, in partnership with NALEO Educational Fund and the National Partnership for New Americans, will host naturalization workshops across the country that offer free or low-cost assistance to legal permanent residents eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship. See the schedule of 2023 Citizenship Day Events where you can get help from an attorney. The events include information on how to sign up if you are seeking help naturalizing. Stay tuned because more events will be added to this list as they are planned.


Have questions now? NALEO Educational Fund operates a toll-free bilingual Spanish and English national hotline (1-888-839-8682) from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (ET), Monday through Friday. The hotline is staffed by fully trained operators who are able to answer basic questions about the naturalization process and refer callers to application assistance resources in their communities. People can text and speak with a live operator regarding any questions they may have about the requirements for obtaining U.S. citizenship or where to find assistance in their area.