Steps to U.S. Citizenship (Video Compilation)

Steps to U.S. Citizenship (Video Compilation)


As a permanent resident, you have some of
the rights of U.S. citizens. However, there are many important reasons
to consider U.S. citizenship. Citizenship offers new rights and privileges,
and comes with equally important responsibilities. First, as a U.S. citizen, you have the right
to remain in the United States. You cannot be deported. Before I became a U.S. citizen, I worried
about changing immigration laws. Now, I feel confident that I can stay here
for the rest of my life. U.S. citizens can help more family members
get legal status in the U.S. and in a shorter time. After I became a citizen, my mom came to live
with us from Taiwan! When a parent becomes a U.S. citizen, some
minor children become U.S. citizens too. When I became a citizen, my son got his U.S.
citizenship too! All I had to do was fill out an application
and pay the filing fee! Only citizens can vote in federal and state
elections. Local elections also limit the right to vote
to U.S. citizens. Now I can vote! My opinion counts. I look forward to voting in every election. It is faster and easier for U.S. citizens
to come back to the United States after traveling. Immigration officials can no longer ask you
questions about your status and, you can travel for as long as you want! When I go to visit my family in Iran, I don’t
have to worry about staying too long. I can stay as long as I want, and it’s no
problem! Some jobs with government agencies require
U.S. citizenship, and may pay more. After I got my citizenship, I could work at
the post office. Only U.S. citizens can serve on a federal
jury. Most states also limit jury service to U.S.
citizens. Serving on a jury is an important responsibility
for U.S. citizens. Only citizens can run for federal office (to
be a US Senator or Representative in Congress), and for most state and local offices. Some government benefits are only available
to U.S. citizens. The rules are not the same in every state. Some financial aid grants, including college
scholarships, are available only to U.S. citizens. When I became a U.S. citizen, my neighbors
threw me a party. After becoming a citizen, I feel even more
welcome in the U.S. We welcome you to the United States, and we
are happy that you want to become a U.S. citizen. To start learning English free and to prepare to become a U.S. citizen, go to usalearns.org and select the “Start Now” button. Before you apply to become a U.S. citizen,
you must meet several requirements. Depending on your situation, there are different
requirements that may apply to you. As you watch this video, ask yourself, “Do
I meet these requirements?” Requirement number one: You must be at least
18 years old when you apply for naturalization using the N-400 Form. Do you meet this requirement? If you are 18 or older when you apply, then
yes, you meet this requirement. Requirement number two: You must be a permanent
U.S. resident for 5 years unless you are married to a U.S. citizen. Do you meet this requirement? Requirement number three: If you are married
to a U.S. citizen and have been living with that same spouse for three years then you
can apply for citizenship after you’ve been a permanent resident for 3 years. Do you meet this requirement? Requirement number four: You must live in
the state or the USCIS district where you apply for citizenship for at least 3 months. Do you meet this requirement? Requirement number five: You must have resided
continuously in the United States for the last 5 years and be physically present at
least 30 months of the last 5 years. Ask yourself: During the last 5 years, did
I live in the United States without taking long trips out of the country? Was I in the United States for at least 30
months during the last 5 years? Please note that if you’re married to a US
citizen, the amount of time for this requirement is shorter. Do you meet this requirement? Requirement number six: You must be a person
of good moral character. The law has special rules about what good
moral character is. Most people have good moral character. You do not have to be perfect! Please read the N-400 application for more
questions about good moral character. Do you meet this requirement? Requirement number 7: You must support the
principles of the U.S. Constitution. Ask yourself this question: Do I believe strongly
in the United States’ form of government? And do I support the democratic principles
of the United States? Do you meet this requirement? Requirement number 8: You can read, write,
speak and understand basic English. Most people will be interviewed in English. However, some older people who have had their
green card a long time can be interviewed in their native language. Also, people with disabilities can get accommodations
and some people can get a medical exception. Do you meet this requirement? If you need help learning more English, this
course will help you. You will practice reading, writing, speaking
and understanding basic English. Requirement number 9: You must have a basic
understanding of U.S. History and government. During the naturalization interview, most
people take a short U.S. History and government test. Ask yourself, am I prepared to answer questions
about U.S. history and government? If you need to learn more about U.S. history
and government, this course can help you. Do you meet the requirements to become a U.S.
citizen? If you have questions about your eligibility,
please talk with a qualified legal service provider. To start learning English free, and to prepare to become a U.S. citizen, To start learning English free, and to prepare to become a U.S. citizen, go to usalearns.org and select the “Start Now” button. People who live in a democracy enjoy freedom
and many rights. We also have responsibilities. Citizens have some different rights and responsibilities
than non-citizens. All people living in the U.S. have many rights
under the First Amendment. We have the rights to free speech, free expression,
and freedom of the press. We have freedom of assembly and the right
to petition the government. In addition, we have the right to bear arms,
and we also have freedom of religion. These rights are for all people in the United
States, citizens and non-citizens. Some rights are for U.S. citizens only. For example, only citizens can vote in federal
elections. There is no law that requires voting, but
all citizens over age 18 may vote. Naturalized citizens have served in Congress, but only native-born citizens can run for president. Of course, people in the United States also
have responsibilities that come with these rights. Naturalized citizens have served in Congress, but only native-born citizens can run for president. Of course, people in the United States also
have responsibilities that come with these rights. For example, all workers have the responsibility
to pay income tax every year. The last day to send in income tax forms is
April 15th. One responsibility of citizens and non-citizens
is only for men. All men between 18 and 26 years old must register
for the selective service. When you register, you tell the government
that you will serve in the military if necessary. You are not joining the military when you
register. Another responsibility only for U.S. citizens
is to serve on a jury when needed. The final step at your Naturalization Ceremony is to take an Oath of Allegiance to the United States. Applying for U.S. citizenship is a long process. The final step at your Naturalization Ceremony is to take an Oath of Allegiance to the United States. With this oath, you make several serious promises. When you make the Oath of Allegiance, you
promise to be loyal to the U.S. and not to other countries. You promise to defend the Constitution and
obey U.S. laws. You also promise to serve in the military
or serve the United States in another way if the government needs your help. Many people come to the United States for
the freedom and liberty we enjoy in our country. To start learning English free and to the country. To start learning English free Before you select an attorney or other legal
provider, it’s important to “look under the hood”, kind of like when you buy a car. Be a smart buyer! possible legal help: You’ll want to shop smart! Before you select an attorney or other legal
provider, it’s important to “look under the hood”, kind of like when you buy a car. As part of the “shopping process,” there are
many things you can do to select the best possible legal help: First, find a qualified
legal services provider. Someone who is “qualified” has the appropriate
license to help you. Second, you should always ask questions when
you talk with a legal service provider. And you should always talk to 2 or more legal
service providers to make sure you’re getting the best quality legal help at the best price. When you buy a new car, you would never just
buy the first one you see, would you? You’ll want to shop, check, and compare. And don’t use anyone who doesn’t follow the rules explained in this video. You should ask if the helper is an attorney
or accredited representative. Accredited representatives can give legal
advice on some immigration issues, and they can help with citizenship forms. Most accredited representatives can’t go to
court. Always get a second or third opinion before
you decide who to hire. And don’t use anyone who doesn’t follow the rules explained in this video. You should compare providers before you pay
someone to represent you. Look for a provider who will answer your questions
and tell you your options. Do not hire or pay anyone who says “trust
me,” without answering your questions. Don’t hire anyone who guarantees that you
will win your case. And don’t hire anyone who promises you a work
permit or visa right away without explaining how you qualify. Remember, almost all immigration processes
take time! Who can provide you with legal help, as you
try to become a U.S. citizen? There are two main types of providers who
can help you fill out forms and collect documents for your case. They are lawyers and non-profit agencies with
Accredited Representatives. How can you tell if a lawyer is qualified? You should look for a lawyer who specializes
in immigration law. Ask the lawyer for his or her state bar number. Visit the U.S. Department of Justice website to make sure the representative is on the list. Contact your state’s bar website to make sure
that the person is licensed. If you need help finding your state’s bar,
you can ask a librarian. Is the Accredited Representative qualified? It is important to make sure that your Accredited
Representative is qualified or authorized to help you. Visit the U.S. Department of Justice website to make sure the representative is on the list. To start learning English free, and to prepare to become a U.S. citizen, Warning! Do not hire anyone who advertises as a notario. In the United States, notarios are not lawyers! The person you hire must be honest. If the person pretends to be a lawyer, you
should walk away! To start learning English free, and to prepare to become a U.S. citizen, With this one, the scammer says something
like: “Look, if you’ve been in the United States There are many types of immigration fraud
or scams. They mostly involve dishonest people trying
to steal your money. Along with losing money, these scams can cause
you problems with immigration. Fraud can even get you deported so don’t be
tricked! Here are a few scams to avoid. The first scam we want to tell you about is
called the “10 Year Green Card” scam. With this one, the scammer says something
like: “Look, if you’ve been in the United States for 10 years or more, you qualify to get a
green card. You need to pay me money to apply.” If someone tells you this lie, do not give
them any money. They cannot apply for you. Only a judge can allow you to stay in the
U.S. if you have lived here at least 10 years. It is very hard to get this approval, and
it has many requirements. You cannot apply for it, unless you are already
in immigration court. Another scam is the “Telephone” scam. With this one, the scammer calls your phone
and says he’s from the Immigration Department. He says there’s a problem with your naturalization
application and that you need to pay a fee using your credit card. He says that if you don’t pay now, your naturalization
application will be cancelled. If you get a call like this, do not give them
any money! USCIS will never call you and ask for money
on the phone. Protect your friends and family. People who are undocumented are sometimes
told lies or scammed. With this one, the scammer tells people that
they can fill out a form to get a work permit only, without applying for something else
with immigration. The scammer makes you pay money to apply “You
can just apply for a work permit!” If someone tells you this, don’t do it! There is no such thing as only applying for
a work permit. The truth is that to get a work permit, you
must apply for another immigration benefit like asylum or lawful permanent residency. Ask the legal helper what applications he
or she wants to submit. Another scam is the “Disabled Child” scam. With this one, the scammer would say something
like “If your child is sick or disabled, and you’ve been in the U.S. for 10 years, you
qualify to be a U.S. citizen.” If someone tells you this, do not believe
them. Do not give them any money because it is almost
impossible to qualify for this program. You can only apply if you are already in immigration
court and meet many requirements. Only a judge can allow you to stay in the
U.S. if you have lived here at least 10 years and can show that a family member will suffer
hardship. It is very difficult to get this approval,
and it has many requirements. You cannot apply for it, unless you are already
in immigration court. This last scam we want to tell you about relates
to people who act like attorneys when they’re really not attorneys. In many Spanish-speaking countries, an attorney
is called a “notario.” In the United States, a notary public is not
an attorney. A notary public is only qualified to be an
official witness when papers are signed. A notary public cannot go with you to your
interview with immigration and they cannot go with you to court. To start learning English free and to prepare to become a U.S. citizen, In this video, you will learn about important
“red flags” related to becoming a U.S. citizen. “No you’re not!” for naturalization, but you must talk to a
qualified legal expert before you send in don’t do it. It is important to find qualified help! Selecting legal providers carefully will protect
you and save you money. To start learning English free and to prepare to become a U.S. citizen, go to usalearns.org and select the “Start Now” button. In this video, you will learn about important
“red flags” related to becoming a U.S. citizen. If you have any of these red flags, it does
not necessarily mean that you can’t apply for naturalization, but you must talk to a
qualified legal expert before you send in your N-400 application form. The legal expert will tell you if you actually
do have a problem and how you can best explain the problem to the Immigration Service. The first “red flag” question is: Did you
make trips outside of the U.S. for more than six months? The next question is: Did you move to another
country after you got your green card? Did you get your permanent resident card through
asylum, and then you traveled back to your home country? Were you supposed to pay child support? Have you ever not paid the child support? Did you vote in the U.S. or register to vote
in the U.S.? Have you ever not filed taxes? Do you owe any taxes now? Are you male and did you not register for
the Selective Service (or the U.S. military service) between the ages of 18 and 26? Were you discharged from the military service
in the United States? In your country, did you ever use weapons
or do any violent activities even if it was part of the military or a war? Have you ever been convicted of a crime? If the answer is yes, you should tell a legal
representative! Have you ever been arrested? If the answer is yes, you need to tell a legal
representative that you were arrested, even if you were not convicted, and even if your
record was “erased” or cleaned. Did you lie or commit fraud to get your green
card or public benefits? Or were you not eligible for your green card
when you got it? Have you ever been deported? Are you in immigration court now? Does some information on your application
not match the information you wrote on other immigration papers? For example, this woman wrote that she was
in Mexico visiting family on May 1st, 2017. And she wrote that she worked in California
on May 1st, 2017. Hmmm. How could she possibly be in two places at
the same time? That information does not match. Did you help someone enter the U.S. illegally,
even if it was a relative? Did you ever say or write that you are a U.S.
citizen? For example, this man told a U.S. official
that he was a U.S. citizen. He also wrote on a form that he was a citizen,
and he’s not. Do you have a drinking problem? If yes, it is helpful to discuss a drinking
problem with a legal helper before applying to be a U.S. citizen. Did you earn money by illegal gambling to
support yourself? To start learning English free
and to prepare to become a U.S. citizen, The system of government in the United States
is a democracy. for immunization purposes. We just learned about many “red flag” questions. Do you think you might have any of these problems? If yes, it does not mean that you can’t apply
or that you won’t qualify to become a U.S. citizen. It does mean that you should check with a
qualified legal provider to protect yourself. To start learning English free
and to prepare to become a U.S. citizen, go to usalearns.org and select the “Start Now” button. The system of government in the United States
is a democracy. This means that U.S. citizens vote to choose
the people who serve in our government. Because of this, our government representatives
have the responsibility to listen to citizens and make decisions based on citizens’ opinions. In fact, American democracy only works because
people are active and involved in government. Voting is one of the best ways for citizens to participate in democracy. When we vote, we elect people to represent
us in local, state, and national government. For example, people in every state choose
state representatives and a governor in elections. In national elections we elect representatives
and senators to serve in Congress in Washington, D.C. Every four years in November, we vote for
the U.S. president and vice president. Many citizens also join a political party. There are several political parties in the
U.S., but the two major parties are the Republican and the Democratic parties. Another way to participate is to help a political
campaign for a candidate you support. In a campaign, people organize events and
try to convince other citizens to vote for their candidate. Volunteers working on a campaign make phone
calls to other citizens or pass out information about the candidates in their neighborhood. You may want to join a civic group or community
group that is active in your area. You could also write a letter to a local newspaper
to explain why you oppose or support an issue or policy in your community. Because government representatives are elected
to represent the opinions of the citizens, they need to know your opinions. It’s important to know who represents you in the government so you can contact those people. If you have a particular issue that you support or oppose, you can call, email, or write letters to your government representatives. You can give your opinion or ask for changes. And someday you may decide to run for office so that you can have a major role in government decisions and policies. There are many ways to participate in democracy. A democracy is strongest when many people are active in shaping the government. To start learning English free and to prepare to become a U.S. citizen, go to usalearns.org and select the “Start Now” button.

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