Once you have determined that you meet all of the necessary requirements to begin working on the naturalization process for becoming a U.S. citizen in Illinois, it is time to embark on your journey. Being aware of what the process entails before you even begin may help you to be better prepared and more confident as you work toward your overall goal of becoming a citizen of the United States of America. 

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the first two steps require you to verify that you are not already a U.S. citizen and that you have met the necessary requirements to continue your application for naturalization. Next, you will need to fill out the Form N-400 in its entirety and submit it along with the requested supporting documents. Depending on your situation, a biometrics appointment may be required before you can continue the process. Once that has been accomplished, you will need to complete your interview.

Within a period of time of which you will be notified, you will receive information about the decision that was made regarding your application. If it is approved, you will receive information that educates you about the Oath of Allegiance and tells you where to go to participate in that ceremony. Once you have taken the Oath of Allegiance and received supportive education about your roles and responsibilities as a U.S. citizen, you will be officially considered a citizen of the United States of America. 

Once you have accomplished your goal of becoming a U.S. citizen, you have the ability to advocate for other family members to accomplish the same goal. Your story can be a starting point for a life of success in a place that supports your dreams and aspirations while honoring your traditions and unique cultural history. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.