People who have a green card and have become lawful permanent residents can apply for the citizenship. Those over the age of 18 can fill the Citizenship Form N-400 and apply for citizenship. There are several rules and regulations that have to be met before filing the application. If you are going to apply for citizenship it is better to visit the USCIS website and familiarize yourself with what is required and the procedure to apply for citizenship.
The citizenship form can be downloaded online and has to be submitted with the required documents. You may not submit the original documents while you send in your application, but you may be required to show the original documents at the time of the interview with the USCIS.
Applicants who want to apply for citizenship should be over 18years of age and should have been in the U.S. continuously for the past five years. If you are married to a U.S. citizen then you should have been in the U.S. for the past three years. But if the applicant is serving in the armed forces, he or she is exempted from this rule. Spouses of war veterans or those serving in the armed forces can apply sooner for citizenship.
Another eligibility requirement for those applying for citizenship is that they should have a broad knowledge of history and of the government. They should also be of good character and willing to abide by the constitution.
The benefits of becoming a citizen are quite a few. One gets to vote during the federal elections. They can also travel anywhere without restrictions. The citizenship form runs to about ten pages, beginning with your personal details and going on to requesting information on employment, travel from one place to another, affiliations to groups if any and accounting for all foreign and domestic travel in the past five years. This self-explanatory form also asks applicants for personal background and history.
Read carefully all the instructions given before filing the application. Any mistakes in the form can lead to rejection or denial. Finally applicants must take the naturalization test in English and Civics. There are several resources from where one can prepare for this test.
Once you have filled the citizenship form you may mail it to the center mentioned in the form. If you are mailing the citizenship form to the local lockbox facility you may request an email notification to know when the form reaches the USCIS and if it is accepted or not. The fee for this form is $595 and $85 fee for biometrics. So the total amount of $690 has to be sent along with your citizenship form by money order. The amount must be payable to the Department of Homeland Security. Applicants who are 75 years or older need not pay the biometric fee. Further information on the citizenship form can be had from the government website.