This is part 2 of a series; part 1 is here.
The process of upgrading from my permanent resident card (which means you can live/work/pay tax in the US but you can't vote) to full citizenship has taken about a year. Here are the steps:
- File an initial application.
- Three months later, they fingerprint you and run an FBI background check.
- Four months later, you take an interview.
- Four months later, you partake in an oath cermony and become a citizen.
It's a slow process, but the individual steps are quite quick. I highly recommend using a lawyer; it doesn't cost much and they can help you avoid various stumbling blocks. The interview was a bit strange; they ask you questions like "have you ever committed a crime that went undetected?" This must be some kind of idiot test; anyone who answers yes should be immediately rejected for being a moron! The written test was easy; you only have to get 6 out of 10 questions right, and the 10 questions are chosen from a set of 100 questions that are available online.
My oath ceremony is tomorrow morning; I'm interested to see what it's like.