About becoming a citizen of the USA

Although this blog entry has pointers to some good information, I'd like to say that you don't need software or third-party services to become naturalized. In my opinion, the place to start if you are interested in becoming a citizen is the USCIS (US Citizenship and Imigration Services) website. Provided you meet the criteria, all you have to do is print out the appropriate form from the USCIS's web site, fill it in, and send it together with your check. Then download and study the History and the Civics peparation guides from the same government web site, sit back and wait for your interview. I won't say its a fast process, or deny that interview day is nerve-wracking. But I did it without paying anyone except the Federal Government any money.

Comments:

Key phrase: "Provided you meet the criteria" You make it seem like practically any geek sitting in their living room can just print out a form, mail in a check, and practice the Pledge of Allegiance, and a few years later, pick up the passport. This is not the case. The criteria are extremely restricted. The processes are extremely difficult. It is not a casual or easy experience.

Posted by Borderline on August 23, 2005 at 07:04 AM PDT #

Once you get to the point where you have your five years of legal residence, I'd say it is pretty casual. That was my experience. Getting a green card is the hard part, not naturalization.

Posted by guest on August 23, 2005 at 07:43 AM PDT #

Just to be clear, the second comment was by me. I forgot to fill in the name/URL fields.

Posted by Terry Heatlie on August 23, 2005 at 08:10 AM PDT #

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