You are a U.S. Citizen, Now What

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Congratulations on becoming a U.S. Citizen!

Now that you are a U.S. Citizen, it is the time to take advantage of your rights and responsibilities.

Apply for a U.S. Passport

Graduation cap and diplomaYou can apply for a U.S. passport for yourself or your children under the age of 18 whom have automatically been granted citizenship based on your status. You will need an original and a photocopy of the Form N-550 and Certificate of Naturalization.

Update your Social Security Record

WritingBe prepared to show the Social Security Office your Certificate of Naturalization or your U.S. passport.  It is important that your Social Security record is accurate when obtaining a job, collecting Social Security benefits, and receive other government services.

Register to Vote

American Flag buttonAs a new U.S. citizen, you may register to vote. You can do so by applying in person, by mail, at a public assistance office, or while renewing your driver’s license. Santa Clara County Residents may register at Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters. California residents may register at California Secretary of State.


Obtain a Certificate of Citizenship for your children

Business handshakeChildren must be lawful permanent residents under the age of 18. It should be noted that they may have automatically been granted citizenship on the day you naturalized.


Sponsor your family members to come to the United States

familyAs a citizen of the United States, you may petition for certain relatives to become lawful permanent residents by obtaining what is often referred to as a “Green Card.” You will need to be able to prove that you have the resources necessary to support your relative(s) in the United States. 

You can become a member of a City Board or Commission

MegaphoneServing on a Board or Commission is an excellent way to give back to the community. Members have the opportunity to serve their fellow citizens and provide guidance and recommendations on specific issues for Council consideration. 


For more detailed information, please visit USCIS.

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