Many Pennsylvania immigrants dream of one day adjusting their statuses to become full-fledged citizens of the United States. It’s the height of achievement in many immigrants’ lives. However, it can be stressful, as well. There are several things that can be done to keep stress to a minimum during the citizenship process, especially regarding a naturalization interview.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services department sends out a notice to appear when an immigrant has filed an application to become a U.S. citizen. It is critical to note the time and date of the interview and to make sure one attends because the USCIS will not send out reminders after the first notice has been mailed and will not send out further notices if a meeting has been missed. If someone is unable to meet the scheduled interview date and time, he or she should immediately notify immigration officials at the appropriate office as soon as possible.

If possible, it is best to rearrange one’s personal schedule rather than ask for a new interview date, which could take many months to obtain. If an interviewee misses a meeting or fails to notify USCIS that he or she needs to reschedule, his or her case will be officially closed. It is possible to request that a case be re-opened provided it is done within a year; after one year, the application for citizenship will be denied.

Pennsylvania immigrants attending interviews during the citizenship process will want to make sure all documents and paperwork is in order. They should also be prepared to discuss any and all aspects of their application and immigration journeys with their interviewers. If a man or woman has questions regarding legal issues concerning citizenship, he or she may discuss such concerns with an experienced immigration law attorney.