Are you from California? Learn more about what documents you need to apply for citizenship below.
This is a basic list of what to send the USCIS with your citizenship application form (N400):
1. A copy of both sides of your green card
2. Payment: a check or money order to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. To pay by credit card, use the Form G-1450.
Depending on your situation, you might have to send more documents:
If you are applying based on your marriage to a citizen.
If you are applying for citizenship based on your marriage to a U.S. citizen, you also have to send:
1. A copy of your marriage certificate.
2. Copies of official documents from the past 3 years, that list both you and your spouse:
3. Proof that your spouse has been a U.S. citizen for more than 3 years, such as copies of their:
4. If you or your spouse were married before, include documents to show your past marriages ended. Examples:
If you changed your name.
If you changed your name since you got your green card, send a copy of an official document that proves your name change. Examples:
If you support a former spouse, or a child or current spouse who doesn't live with you.
You may have to explain or show how you are supporting a child, spouse, or ex-spouse. If a U.S. court or agency ordered you to provide support, send proof that you have been supporting them financially. Examples:
You owe taxes or paid your taxes late.
Get help from an immigration legal expert if you have late or unpaid taxes, and you want to apply for citizenship.
A legal expert can help you show that you are working with the government to pay what you owe. This may include:
If your income is low and you have a tax problem, click here to find help.
You have been arrested.
If you have been arrested, get legal help to fill in your application and review the documents to send. This list can help you get ready for legal review. The documents must be original or court-certified:
You can't take the citizenship test because of a disability.
Send an original Form N-648. This is the form to request an exception to the test, because of a physical or mental disability. A licenced doctor or clinical psychologist must fill out the form.
You need to prove you registered for Selective Service.
Get legal help if you don't understand the Selective Service rules. If you are using Citizenshipworks, email email@example.com for more information.
To find legal help in California, click here to search the Citizenshipworks directory with your zip code.
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