Citizenship Applications Are On the Rise Likely Due to Election

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS, has indicated that citizenship applications are on the rise. This is most likely due to the upcoming presidential election. The election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. U.S. citizens and naturalized citizens are allowed to vote. The naturalization process can take months to complete, so those who have not already processed their applications may not meet the deadline.

Naturalization Process

In order to apply for naturalization you must meet the eligibility requirements. You must be in possession of a valid green card, also known as permanent residency. The naturalization process can take some time, often months, to complete.

Submit Application

Once you have gathered all the documentation required, you can submit your application. The application for naturalization is also called Form N-400. Along with the application you must provide documents that include a copy of your green card, two color photographs (passport size), and the application fee. You may be asked to submit other items, depending on your current status. Once the application has been received by the USCIS you will get a confirmation of receipt. You can also check the status of your application through the USCIS online website or by telephone. You will be notified of the next steps that must be taken.


The next step in the naturalization process is the interview. You will be provided the date, time, and location of the interview. During the interview you will be asked questions about U.S. history and must demonstrate the ability to speak and write English. Applicants may also be required to be fingerprinted and a background check may need to be completed.

Naturalization Notification

The USCIS will review your application along with the results of your interview and background check before making a final decision. You will be notified in writing regarding the decision. Your application may be continued if further documentation is required. If the application is denied, you may wish to speak with an immigration attorney to determine how to proceed. If the application is approved, you will receive a notice to take the oath of allegiance. In some cases, you may be immediately notified of approval at the time of your interview. You will receive a certificate of naturalization, and you are now afforded the basic rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship.

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