American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson once said that every individual possesses the right to leave the country “in which chance, not choice placed them,” and lawfully defect to a place that will allow them to pursue and promote “public happiness.”

Our third President’s profound words remain the essence of immigration to the United States. After all, this country was founded and built by immigrants in the pursuit of a better life.

Today, the naturalization process can take up to six years – sometimes longer. Here are the Ten Steps to Naturalization published by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services you will have to follow in order to legally immigrate to the United States.

  • Determine if you are already a U.S. citizen.
  • Determine your eligibility to become a U.S. citizen.
  • Prepare Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
  • Submit form N-400.
  • Go to biometrics (fingerprinting) appointment, unless you are age 75 or older.
  • Complete an interview.
  • Receive a decision on the N-400 from USCIS (if denied you will receive a written explanation).
  • If approved, you will receive a notice to take the Oath of Allegiance.
  • Take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.
  • Understand U.S. Citizenship.

The immigration experts at the Valdez & Monarrez Law Firm are knowledgable and experienced in every step of the naturalization process. We believe the American dream has no borders and will tirelessly advocate for your citizenship. For more information about becoming a U.S. citizen  contact the Valdez & Monarrez Law Firm at (956)278-0888 or visit