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What documents do you need for naturalization?

| Jul 23, 2020 | Naturalization |

Naturalization is the process of becoming a citizen of the U.S. At some point in the process, officials with the United States Customs and Immigration Services will schedule you an interview where further testing will take place.

When you go to your interview, you will need to provide documentation to prove that you meet the eligibility requirements. There are also documents that you should try to submit before the interview, if possible.

Certificates

You should bring any certificates that are relevant to your application and your legal status. These include birth certificates and/or adoption papers. If you are married or divorced, you should bring the related certificates, and if you have a record of arrests or convictions, you should bring relevant documents as well. You should locate and bring the original documents rather than copies.

Disability exceptions

If you have a physical, mental or developmental disability that would prevent you from fulfilling the educational requirement of the interview, you should fill out Form N-468 asking for a disability exception. You can submit this at any point in the naturalization process. However, it is helpful to submit it with your initial naturalization application, if possible.

Name changes

If you would like to change your name concurrently with your naturalization, you can submit the necessary information along with your naturalization application. It is also possible to change your name while your naturalization application is pending. One of the reasons this may occur is because you get married. In a case such as this, you must bring along documentation related to your name change to your naturalization interview.