What to expect during the naturalization tests and interview

On Behalf of | Feb 17, 2022 | Citizenship, Immigration News

As someone who wants to become a U.S. citizen through naturalization and stay in Pennsylvania or another part of the country on a permanent basis, you must first complete a multi-step naturalization process. There are many elements involved in the naturalization process. Some of them involve having a personal interview and taking a two-part test.

Per U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the interview part of the naturalization process involves a USCIS officer asking you a series of questions about your background, your application and why you wish to become a U.S. citizen. Then, unless you are eligible for a rare exemption, you must take a two-part naturalization test.

The English component

The first part of the naturalization test involves you proving your knowledge of how to communicate in basic English. Expect to have to speak, write and read in the English language during this part of the test. You should also expect to have to write a section about American history or civics during the English section of the test.

The Civics component

The Civics part of the test assesses your understanding of American government and history. There are two different versions of the Civics test, although the content is relatively similar. Which test you take depends on when you initially filed your citizenship application.

Successful passage of the naturalization test is necessary if you wish to continue on the path toward becoming a citizen through naturalization. If you fail either or both parts of the test, you have the option of taking it a second time after a certain amount of time passes.

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