US Citizenship, Naturalization Process US, US Citizen
The US Interview process can feel something like your first driving test. You waited all this time for the day to come and you worry greatly about messing it up. You sit nervously as the instructor directs you on what to do. You cannot afford to make one wrong turn as you know that would mean having to redo the whole process again and just thinking about it is daunting.
The Naturalization test takes just as much preparation. In order to successfully pass the US Naturalization interview, you would need to study extremely hard.
To pass the civics test, you must show up on time. You will be graded and if successfully pass, you will be able to participate in the oath ceremony.
Here are the steps in the interview process...
1. Complete form N-400 and the biometrics. Once the form N400 and biometrics are
completed successfully and approved you will receive an appointment letter.
However, the waiting period for an interview may take some time.The
interview letter has the place, date and time.
2. DO NOT fall prey to being late. Being on time is very important for the naturalization
interview as well as dressing professionally. Think of this interview as a important
job interview to you. You wouldn't want to show up in shorts and T-shirt would you?
3. Bring all requested documents and ID - USCIS will ask for the following documents.
Make sure you bring them at the time of the interview:
- Appointment Letter (As you enter the building the security will ask you for your
appointment letter. This is usually the first thing they asked for, so make sure you
have it on your person. If the time they give you does not work, request a new
date and time as soon as possible).
- Green card + State ID or Driver's license (Your green card proves your permanent
residence status so make sure you have that as well. If you have your I-751 pending
and have an expired 2 year green card, this is okay. USCIS is aware that your I-751 is
pending and your permanent residency still considered valid.
- Any supporting evidence (Bring original copies of your supporting documents. This
includes: marriage certificate, birth certificate of any children born during the
course of the marriage plus the records of any criminal documents if you have any.
If you have any copies of bills or responsibilities that you share such as lease/
mortgage, utility bills, bank accounts etc. bring those as well. With both your names
on each document, this proves that you are still married and sharing a home).
4. You'll be asked questions about your background and the information you put on
your application. Don't be nervous. Usually the interviewer will start with a casual
conversation just to get you comfortable or they might just get right into the
interview. Either way, once you are prepared, there is nothing to be worried about.
The interviewer will ask questions about your past. Be prepared. The questions asked
could be job related, about your relationship or your travel history such as places
you have been outside of the US and about children you may have. Do you have any
convictions? If you do, please bring proof that the charges were dropped or records
sealed. There is no reason in lying as this already came up in your background
5. Now it's time to take the English and Civics test. Understanding basic English is
necessary to this process of if English is not your first language, it may be wise
to prepare for this section of the process. The interviewer will show you a few
sentences of which you are required to read aloud.
The civics test however, does take a great amount of practice. You are required to
study 100 questions of which you'll be asked 10 and must past at least 6 out of the 10
You will be told immediately if you passed the test but if you don't, you'll get a
letter granting you a new appointment. This should give you enough time to prepare
and come back ready.
6. The Big Decision. This is the final decision. The interviewer will let you know if you
passed the test and the interview. They may also let you know that additional
evidence is needed before a decision can be made or that you will receive a letter in
the mail about your oath ceremony from USCIS. The letter should be in the mail
within 4-6 weeks but can take longer if there are a lot of people in your area waiting
to be naturalized.
7. What happen if you fail the Civics test? Many people fail the test as well as many
passes it on the first try. If you happen to be one of the many who fails it on the first
try, don't fret, USCIS may allow you to take it again at a later date.This will happen
weeks after the first interview, which will give you enough time to prepare.
Practicing for the second test is paramount as USCIS will likely deny your application
if you fail it.
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