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How long does it take to get U.S. citizenship in California?

Pat Malone • December 13, 2021

Are you from California? Learn more about long it takes to get citizenship below.

Getting citizenship takes a while, depending on where you live. After USCIS receives your application, the process can take 6 months to 2 years, or longer. It includes waiting for: 

  • a receipt and notice from USCIS,
  • a biometrics (fingerprinting) appointment,
  • the interview and test at USCIS, and
  • a naturalization ceremony, to take the oath. 

To see how long the process takes in your area, check USCIS Processing Times. Under “Form,” scroll down and click "N-400." Under “Field Office,” pick the office near you. 


Can I check on my application?

Yes, you can check on the progress of your citizenship application. After you send the application to the USCIS, they will mail you a notice. The notice says they received your application, and gives you a Receipt Number. Use the Receipt Number to check your USCIS Case Status Online.

COVID-19 Note: The pandemic has delayed everything. Many offices closed. Interviews and oath ceremonies were postponed or canceled. USCIS is taking longer to review applications, and schedule appointments and ceremonies.  

To find legal help in California, click here to search the Citizenshipworks directory with your zip code.

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