Naturalization Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where is the nearest Immigration and Naturalization Office?

Answer: Albany - James T. Foley U.S. Courthouse, 445 Broadway, Albany NY 12207
Buffalo - U.S. Citizenship Immigration Service, 130 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo NY 14202

 
2. How do I know which Naturalization office to contact?

Answer:Albany covers counties - Albany, Broome, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, St. Lawrence, Tioga, Warren, Washington
Buffalo - Cayuga, Cortland, Jefferson, Lewis, Onondaga, Oswego, Tompkins

 
3. How do I obtain/renew an Alien Registration Card?

Answer: Contact one of the USCIS offices.

 
4. Where can I get the form to apply for citizenship?

Answer: Contact one of the USCIS offices.

 
5. What is the processing involved in becoming a U.S. citizen?

Answer: 1. Complete a citizenship application
2. USCIS will arrange an interview with you (in either Albany or Syracuse)
3. If you are qualified, USCIS may schedule you for a final hearing at the USCIS office or a Court hearing (either in Federal District Court or State Court.)

 
6. How long does it take to become a U.S. citizen?

Answer: Depending on the USCIS caseload, the entire process usually takes between three and six months.