Don’t apply for citizenship on your own. United States citizenship is an important choice that requires a great deal of coordination and planning. The forms to apply for citizenship are available online through the USCIS website. However, filling out the forms is not enough. There are many additional supporting documents that are often needed.

Properly Complete Forms

There are a variety of immigration forms supplied by the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services). These forms are unique to the exact type and category of visa or adjustment of status that you are requesting. The first step in the process is to determine what you are pursuing. Filling out the incorrect application will delay the process and cost you additional money. For these reasons, it is advisable to meet with a qualified immigration attorney before completing an application.

Gather Documentation

Applying for citizenship requires you to gather and prepare a number of documents to support your request. Having the correct documentation is essential for the approval process. Different applications require different supporting documents. It is best to find out, ahead of time, exactly what paperwork will be necessary so that you are prepared. For example, you will likely be required to have a medical exam completed before your visa or change of status will be granted.

Get Legal Help

It is very helpful to work with an experienced immigration lawyer. Your lawyer will review your specific situation and provide you with the options that are available. Then, he will guide you through the entire course of action, helping you every step of the way. In some instances, there may be some useful tips that your attorney will use to make getting a visa faster or easier for you. Your lawyer will also be available to answer your questions as you navigate the legal system to achieve a visa.


This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding Don’t Apply for Citizenship on Your Own, or other Immigration Law matters, please feel free to contact Phil D. Ortega at  480.461.5330, log on to,  or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.