If you are outside of the United States, you may apply at a U.S. consulate abroad for an immigrant visa in order to come to the United States and be admitted as a permanent resident. This process is called consular processing. If you are already inside the United States and you entered the U.S. legally (with a visa), you might be able to apply for permanent resident status without having to return to your home country to complete processing. This process is called adjustment of status.Read more
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Documents Required to Apply for Citizenship
Steps to Apply for U.S. Citizenship
1. Fill out online application
You input your information and upload your documents to our online platform.
~ 30 hours
2. Lawyer reviews
U.S.-licensed attorney reviews your information and documents.
3. Attorney Submits Application
Attorney submits all government forms and evidence to USCIS.
4. USCIS provides case number
USCIS provides a case number to monitor the status of your application.
~ 2 months after submission
You provides fingerprints at a USCIS office.
~ 3 months after submission
6. USCIS reviews
USCIS reviews your application and conducts a background investigation.
You participate in an interview at your local USCIS office.
~ One year after submission
If your interview goes smoothly, you will participate in a naturalization ceremony and receive a certificate of naturalization.
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What is the difference between filing a K1 visa and Form I-130?
Whether you apply for a K1 fiancé(e) visa or a spousal visa mostly depends on the U.S. petitioner’s immigration status and whether you are married. Only a U.S. citizen’s fiancé(e) can apply for a K-1 fiancé(e) visa; a lawful permanent resident’s fiancé(e) cannot apply for a K-1 visa. If you have seen each other in person in the last two years but are not able to get married in the near future, you might want to apply for a K-1 fiancé(e) visa so your fiancé(e) can come to the U.S. sooner. If you are already married, you can apply for a spousal visa.Read more
How can I expedite my family immigration application?
USCIS considers all expedite requests on a case-by-case basis. USCIS may require additional documentation to support such requests and has the sole discretion to decide whether to accommodate a request. Unfortunately, the need to obtain employment authorization by itself, without evidence of other compelling factors, does not warrant expedited treatment.Read more