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6 US Citizenship Myths, Busted


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Are you interested in applying for US citizenship but find it difficult to separate some of the myths and misconceptions floating around the internet from fact? There can be a lot of confusing information online (or word of mouth) about the process of applying for US citizenship, which is why we’re going to bust some of the biggest myths and misconceptions below:

Myth 1: US citizenship is too expensive

Actually, it’s cheaper to pay the current one-off USCIS filing fee of $680 than it is to stay a permanent resident in the United States. This is because permanent residents must pay the $450 fee to renew their green card every 10 years, and the same fee also applies whenever you lose or damage your green card.

Myth 2: US citizenship tests are extremely difficult

There are plenty of free resources you can use to help you prepare for the English and civics tests, and as long as you study, you will be able to pass them. However, if you do fail the first time, you will get a second chance to retake the test.

Myth 3: There’s no benefit compared to permanent residence

Although permanent resident status allows you to live and work in the United States, the benefits of becoming a US citizen are significant. First, once you become a US citizen, your status cannot be revoked and you cannot be deported. You’ll also have the privilege of being able to travel with a US passport, and your family members will be given priority help if they wish to immigrate to America. Minors of US citizens are automatically granted citizenship, and you will be able to vote in US elections.

Myth 4: You can pay someone to give you all the questions of your US citizenship interview

This is impossible, as no one knows what the questions will be ahead of time. There are sample questions online, but you will be wasting your money if you pay someone to provide you with the questions you will face in your exam.

Myth 5: It’s okay to tell some white lies on your US citizenship exam paper

Never do this, no matter how much it could improve your chances. Lying on any US immigration form could lead to criminal charges as well as affecting your chances of ever being able to become a US citizen. If you’re worried about anything in particular before your exam, we recommend you seek advice from a qualified attorney or US immigration expert.

Myth 6: You have to apply without any help

Actually, seeking help can greatly improve your chances of passing your exam and becoming a US citizen. VisaPlace provides immigration services and gives friendly, professional advice to help you on your way.

Why Legal Help for Citizenship Applications is Important

As you can see, there are a lot of myths out there, and each can cause you problems. In addition to all the myths, many immigration blogs either have wrong or outdated information. Therefore, if you’re interested in applying for US citizenship, you should seek legal advice from an immigration lawyer who is experienced and current.

The legal team at VisaPlace have assisted countless individuals to successfully attain US citizenship, and we can help you, too.  The first step is assessing your specific situation. Fill out our free immigration assessment form and we will get back to you within 24 hours to discuss your eligibility and options.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

10 thoughts on “6 US Citizenship Myths, Busted

  1. Mira Freiwat

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  3. syed arshad

    Please tell me how can I migrate to USA with my family,My sister is citizen of USA but not sponser us due to some personnel matter.Please assure me that in this case can I apply with my family for US green card or citizenship. I don’t have any idea so please guide me and also tell me about your consultancy fees and how long it take to complete all these procedure, and what is the possibility. Thanks Syed Arshad .

    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hi Syed,

      Thank you for your inquiry. There are so many options available to immigrate to the US outside of Family Sponsorship, but before I can advise you on which route is best I would first need to learn more about you and your qualifications. Kindly complete this form for me Syed, as it will give me all the information I need about you and your family so that we can proceed. You will be contacted once your application has been reviewed. MF

  4. gundeep

    m living in nz since last 3 years currently on closed work permit .. can i apply for US residency?

    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hi Gundeep,

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  5. Jisha

    My name is Jisha Mariam Joseph, every time I get mail from visa place. Thank you for your e mails.
    Now am in U.S. But my visa was B1/B2 visa. My mom brother and family are U.S. Citizen. How can I change it in to permanent resident visa.

    1. Mira Freiwat

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  6. April Jolie Karacehennem

    Well, my long lasting desires to be able to live and work and if possible sure to become a US citizen are exhausting.

    My parents are citizens through naturalization.
    I defaulted on my green card after receiving it in 14 years
    and didnt show up for court (unwittingly), too scared to go I was..
    I got deported 2003, have been going a few times back and forth to the US since 2009.
    Now what? I cant do my career (translating interpreting teaching) for jobs that pay well but require US citizenship.
    Thus I overstayed my stamped passport last time I entered the US (June 24, 2014 (Jan 10, 2015).

    Will I be deported if I enter any time now or next year?
    Florida immigration is very tough.
    I am so heartbroken.
    Thanks for your reply.

    1. Anonymous

      Hi April,

      Thank you for your post. I am sorry to hear about all the hardships you are facing trying to sort out this issue 🙁 I know first-hand how daunting this process can be…I am sure we can be able to help you through all this, but before I can offer any suggestions or advise you on the next steps I would need to learn more about you and the situation in its entirety. Please complete this form for me April, and you will be contacted as soon as it is reviewed. MF


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