While you may be legally living in Florida thanks to a green card or visa, the time may come when you wish to become a U.S. citizen. The process involves many steps and a lot of work on your part, but becoming a citizen is a great reward that offers you many perks.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services explains that there are ten steps you must take in the naturalization process. The first step is fairly easy for most immigrants and is to just make sure you are not already a citizen. If you know where you were born and who your parents are, this should be a simple step.

The next step is to make sure you are eligible to become a citizen. There is a worksheet you can use that will make this step simple. If you are eligible, then you can fill out and submit Form N-400 to begin the process of applying for citizenship.

After you apply, you may have to complete a biometrics appointment. You will have to complete an interview with the USCIS. After you complete these steps, you will get your official decision from the USCIS. If granted, then your citizenship application is approved and you may then take the Oath of Allegiance. You will receive a notice giving you more information about when and where you will take the oath.

Once you are a citizen, you can then begin exploring your rights and what all comes with being a citizen. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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