Naturalization is the process of becoming a United States citizen. Permanent residents with proper documentation can seek naturalization after living in the country for several years.
You have to apply for naturalization and undergo a rigorous background check. If the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) believes you meet the standards established for entry, you will need to present yourself for a naturalization interview, which includes a test.
The test requirement keeps some people from seeking their citizenship. However, when you know what the process involves, you may feel more confident about becoming a naturalized citizen.
You will need to answer questions about yourself
The interview will include a conversation about your background. You may have to answer questions about your application, your work and your personal life. A USCIS officer will also administer a test.
You need to prove proficiency in English and pass a civics test as part of this interview. Part of the English language test is oral. You must demonstrate your ability to speak and understand spoken English. You will also need to read aloud a written sentence and also write one of three sentences.
The civics test is also an oral test. This test consists of 20 verbal questions that you must answer. You need to answer 12 or more of the questions correctly to pass. The USCIS provides both a vocabulary list for the language test and a list of 128 civics questions used during the interviews. Applicants will typically need help to prepare for the tests and to manage the paperwork involved in naturalization.
Proper preparation and good support help in the naturalization process. Some people may be exempt from testing requirements. Others may be able to request accommodations because of a medical need. Educating yourself about the naturalization process and seeking the help of an experienced immigration attorney can help you plan the best future possible.