Citizenship

Citizenship at Woodstock

Becoming a citizen of the United States is a great privilege and often thought to be an impossible task. If you are a permanent resident (a green card holder) you may be eligible to apply for naturalization as a United States Citizen through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

At First Baptist Woodstock, we provide citizenship classes to help prepare you for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services citizenship interview. If you are a permanent resident and meet the residency requirement for naturalization, we can also help you prepare your application (Form N-400).

Citizenship Classes: Wednesdays 6:15-7:45PM

Room A260
First Baptist Church Woodstock
11905 Highway 92, Woodstock, Georgia 30188

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Frequently Asked Questions

What requirements must be met to be naturalized as a United States citizen?

Generally, to be eligible for naturalization you must:

  • Be age 18 or older; and
  • Be a permanent resident for a certain amount of time (usually 5 years or 3 years, depending on how you obtained status); and
  • Be a person of good moral character; and
  • Have a basic knowledge of U.S. government (this, too, can be excepted due to permanent physical or mental impairment); and
  • Have a period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States; and
  • Be able to read, write, and speak basic English.

There are exceptions to this rule for someone who at the time of filing: 

  • Is 55 years old and has been a permanent resident for at least 15 year OR
  • Is 50 years old and has been a permanent resident for at least 20 years OR 
  • Has a permanent physical or mental impairment that makes the individual unable to fulfill these requirements. (Source: USCIS)

When can I apply for naturalization?

You may be able to apply for naturalization if you are at least 18 years of age and have been a permanent resident of the United States:

  • For at least 5 years OR
  • For at least 3 years during which time you have been, and continue to be, married to and living in a marriage relationship with your U.S. citizen husband or wife OR
  • Have honorable service in the U.S. military.

Certain spouses of U.S. citizens and/or members of the military may be able to file for naturalization sooner than noted above.

What other steps must I complete in the naturalization process?

Every applicant for naturalization is scheduled for a naturalization interview with USCIS in which they must demonstrate an ability to read, write and understand English plus pass a verbal test on US history and civics. 

What is the final step of becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen?

The final step in becoming a naturalized U.S. Citizen is an Oath Ceremony scheduled by the USCIS. At that ceremony, each applicant will take the Oath of Allegiance for U.S. Citizenship.

Citizenship Resources

Have questions?

Ron O’Kelley
Minister to Internationals
ron.okelley@fbcw.net
678.494.2719

Miriam Arce
Ministry Assistant
miriam.arce@fbcw.net
678.494.2714