July 18, 2021
Becoming a U.S. citizen has never been easier thanks to President Joe Biden’s new immigration policy.
The Biden administration continues with its pro-immigration policies as promised during his presidential campaign. The new administration actively encourages the over 9 million legal permanent residents (green card holders) in the U.S. (who are eligible) to become citizens and receive their American passport. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced in July 2021 that the process to obtain citizenship (naturalization) is now easier.
In words of the DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (an immigrant himself, born in Havana, Cuba),"New citizens, strengthened with the power and responsibilities that American citizenship brings, make our Nation better. This strategy will ensure that aspiring citizens are able to pursue naturalization through a clear and coordinated process."
This action is in line with one of the first executive orders (Executive Order 14012 on February 2, 2021) signed by President Biden as soon as he took office asking his own officials to create and implement “welcoming strategies that promote inclusion, and citizenship.”
Although previous administrations also praised naturalization and citizenship, it is evident that the current one is taking major action by promoting it and making it easier for legal permanent residents to get it.
What used to be a lengthy and complicated process now takes just five simple steps to become a U.S. citizen!
Step 1: Submit your Application for Naturalization (Form N-400) and wait for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to process it, which on average takes eight months.
Step 2: Attend your biometrics appointment on the date and in the place designated to you, where your photograph and fingerprints will be taken. On average, this happens four to five weeks after you submit your application for naturalization.
Step 3: Attend your citizenship interview and exam with an immigration officer where you will be asked some questions about yourself and about American history. This interview usually occurs within four months.
Step 4: The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services decides on your application. This step tends to happen right away after your interview and exam. But it can take between zero and four months.
Step 5: You take the Oath of Allegiance in an official ceremony with other new U.S. citizens and receive your Certificate of Naturalization, which normally takes between zero to one-and-a-half months, depending on when the next ceremony is scheduled.
Doing these simple steps that take a total time of between one to one-and-a-half years you and your immediate family can become U.S. citizens after you apply to the U.S. Green Card Lottery and are selected to receive a green card.
Becoming a U.S. citizen means that you will have the same rights as any other American. You will travel with one of the most powerful passports in the world without having to request a visa to enter most countries. You can have access to federal benefits designed only for U.S. citizens. Your children become U.S. citizens automatically, and you can apply for green cards for your parents and siblings. You do not have to deal with immigration paperwork ever again. You can apply to jobs with the U.S. Government, often with better salaries and benefits than with private companies. You can be part of and vote in U.S. elections. You can even run for elected office!
New U.S. immigration policy makes it easier for you to achieve your dreams of becoming a U.S. citizen and unlocking all the benefits associated with it. But you must have your green card before you apply for citizenship. Apply today for your green card through the Green Card Lottery!
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