Got a question about your eligibility for U.S. citizenship or the application process? Someone else may have already encountered the same issue -- look for information below.
My naturalization interview is next week, but I’m not ready!
Why attending the interview is usually better than trying to reschedule it.
Will unemployment, debt, or bankruptcy prevent my becoming a U.S. citizen?
Financial troubles do not, by themselves, bar a green card holder from naturalizing.
What Happens If I Reveal on Form N-400 That My Undocumented Spouse Lives With Me?
Filling out Form N-400 without endangering your undocumented U.S. spouse.
Can I apply for citizenship if I’ve divorced the person who got me my green card?
Why divorce is not a bar to naturalization, but might raise questions.
Can a naturalized U.S. citizen lose citizenship by living in another country?
Ways in which a U.S. citizen can lose that status after living abroad or performing certain other acts.
Got Arrested Before the Naturalization Oath Ceremony; What Should I Do?
Until you've taken the citizenship oath, an arrest can hurt both your right to citizenship and to a green card.
I'm a Jehovah's Witness and Can't Take an Oath--Can I Still Become a Naturalized U.S. Citizen?
Permanent residents who are “conscientious objectors” to military service and those whose religion has instructed them not to use the word “oath,” can request a modified oath.
I owe back taxes -- can I still apply for U.S. citizenship?
How tax debt affects your ability to show good moral character for naturalization purposes.
On probation: Can I get U.S. citizenship?
Only after completing probation can you be considered for naturalization.
Haven’t paid child support: Can I get U.S. citizenship?
Whether you will be approved for naturalization depends on the reasons why you didn't or couldn't pay child support.
Got a DUI: Can I file Form N-400 for U.S. citizenship?
Though not an automatic bar, a DUI or DWI on your record can hurt your chances of proving the necessary good moral character for naturalization.
Arrested, But Case Dismissed: Can Immigrant Still Get U.S. Citizenship?
A dismissal makes it far less likely that the crime will be held against the citizenship applicant -- but further research will be needed.
When can commuter green card holder apply for naturalization?
If you are a commuter green card holder (either a daily or seasonal commuter), you are not eligible for naturalization because you are living outside the United States.
Does social drinking make me a “habitual drunkard” and ineligible for U.S. citizenship?
Where the line is drawn between casual drinking and habitual drunkenness for moral character and citizenship purposes.
Can a Recovering Alcoholic Be Approved for U.S. Citizenship?
You will need to have been sober during your required three or five years with a green card.
If I’ve been arrested for visiting a prostitute, will I be denied U.S. citizenship?
I did a dumb thing a few years ago, soon after I got my green card. I had a “date” with a woman who charged me money.
Divorce Wasn't Actually Final Before New Marriage: Can I Become a U.S. Citizen?
Accidental bigamy need not bar approval of your application for naturalization, with the right follow-up steps.
Divorced the Person Who I Married After He Won DV Lottery: Can I Apply for Citizenship?
If you marry someone after finding out that he has won the diversity visa lottery and you then divorce him, obtaining U.S. citizenship will require convincing immigration authorities that your marriage was the real thing.
My husband has another wife living outside the U.S.: Can I become a U.S. citizen?
You will not qualify for citizenship if you are part of a polygamous web of family relationships, even if you have married only once.
Spouse just became a U.S. citizen -- can I apply for citizenship after three years?
A green card holder will need to wait three years after the spouse's grant of citizenship to submit Form N-400.
My U.S. citizen wife died: Can I still apply to naturalize after three years?
The exception allowing spouses of U.S. citizens to submit an N-400 for U.S. citizenship early doesn't apply if the U.S. spouse dies.
How do I reschedule a naturalization (citizenship) interview?
What to do in an emergency, when you must ask USCIS to reschedule.
What Happens If the Information on My Naturalization Certificate Is Incorrect?
If you forgot to ask for a correction at the oath ceremony, there's a form that you can send USCIS requesting the change.
Waited months, still no date for my naturalization oath ceremony – what should I do?
Delays happen—here's how to follow up.
Can I Have a Lawyer Attend My Citizenship (Naturalization) Interview With Me?
How and why you might want legal representation at your naturalization interview.
Where Do I Get Photos and Fingerprints Taken for My N-400 Citizenship Application?
Preparing the non-documentary parts of your naturalization application.
Is it true that I can get a U.S. passport at my naturalization oath ceremony?
After receiving your Naturalization Certificate, you can apply for a U.S. passport at the oath ceremony location.
If My Citizenship Is Denied, Will My Green Card Be Cancelled, Too?
There is a small risk that applying for citizenship could lead to loss of your U.S. lawful permanent residence.
Do I have to take a different oath of allegiance if I plan to be a dual citizen with the U.S.?
Keeping dual citizenship is acceptable and requires no alterations to the regular oath of allegiance.