Become a US Citizen

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Passing the U.S. citizenship examination is no easy task. However, the actual test is just one aspect of the entire process of becoming a U.S. citizen. Understanding the complete process, from start to finish, is the true key of achieving your dream. Become a U.S. Citizen can help turn that dream into a reality.

Focusing on the many paths to citizenship, it guides you through the entire process and helps cut the time it takes to become a citizen. This important resource gives ...

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Overview

Passing the U.S. citizenship examination is no easy task. However, the actual test is just one aspect of the entire process of becoming a U.S. citizen. Understanding the complete process, from start to finish, is the true key of achieving your dream. Become a U.S. Citizen can help turn that dream into a reality.

Focusing on the many paths to citizenship, it guides you through the entire process and helps cut the time it takes to become a citizen. This important resource gives you everything you need to successfully understand each of the steps toward achieving citizenship.

- The required forms with instructions for completing them correctly
- The back-up documentation required to support your application
- The examination for citizenship with tips for scoring higher
- The English language requirement—what you really need to know
- The interview—how to say what you want to say, and not what you don't
- Plus, common problems and how to avoid them

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572485976
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,068,564
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Kurt A. Wagner, MBA, JD (Magna Cum Laude) is an attorney, author, university lecturer, and founder of the Law Offices of Kurt A. Wagner with offices in Illinois and Austria. He is a member of the Immigration and International Law Section of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Washington, D.C. Bar Association. He formerly served as a U.S. Department of State Consular Officer with experience in visa processing at U.S. embassies abroad. He teaches classes on legal topics at the University of Klagenfurt and the Carinthia Technical Institute in Austria, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Southern Illinois University Law Journal.

Debbie M. Schell, JD is an attorney and author who practices with the Law Offices of Kurt A. Wagner. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. Her experience with immigration began early, when her mother immigrated to the United States from Jamaica and her father came from Belize. She has edited legal forms books as well as works on the law of asylum. Her clients include refugees, as well as individuals and companies seeking help with immigration issues. In addition, she has extensive experience with human rights issues related to employment and housing.

Richard E. Schell, JD is an attorney, author, and serves of Counsel to the Law Offices of Kurt A. Wagner. He has extensive legal editing and researching experience with a major legal publisher and in the areas of international law, immigration law, and agricultural law. He studied international law at the University of Notre Dame in London. He is also a frequent writer and speaker on international legal topics and small business development.

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Table of Contents

Introduction — Overview of U.S. Citizenship & the Naturalization Process

Chapter 1: Why Become a U.S. Citizen?
Advantages of Becoming a U.S. Citizen
Disadvantages of Applying for Citizenship
Summary
Checklist

Chapter 2: Who Qualifies for U.S. Citizenship
Permanent Resident Status
Residency Requirements
Physical Presence Requirement
Age Requirement
Good Moral Character
Loyalty to U.S. Constitution
English Language Requirement
Knowledge of Civics and U.S. History
Summary
Checklist

Chapter 3: How Do I Apply for Citizenship?
Timing of Application
Checklist
The Necessary Application
Documents and Fees
Where to File Your Application
Checklist

Chapter 4: What Happens Once My Application Has Been Filed?
Receipt of Your Application
Fingerprinting Process
Applicant Interview

Chapter 5: When Do I Find Out Whether I Am a U.S. Citizen?
Approval of the Application
Denial of the Application

Appendix: Blank Forms
Index

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