Pass the U.S. Citizenship Test & Interview
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What is the U.S. Citizenship Test?
The citizenship test is a part of the process to become a naturalized American citizen. After your Form N-400 Application for U.S. Citizenship through Naturalization is accepted by the USCIS, you will need to pass the citizenship test. You will be tested on your knowledge of the English language and your knowledge of the United States government and history.
How Long Does the Naturalization Process Take?
The Naturalization Process is the legal term used to refer to the series of steps required to become an American Citizen. This process begins by filing Form N-400 Application for U.S. Citizenship or Form N-600 Application for Certificate of Citizenship (if the applicant is a child under the age of 18.)
Depending on where and when you choose to file your Form N-400 or N-600, the period of time between sending in the completed application and the interview to become a U.S. Citizen may vary from five months to more than two years.
The swearing-in ceremony for receiving the naturalization certificate will then take place from 1 to 180 days after the interview, although in a few U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly known as the INS) district offices, it can take another one or two years.
The length of time for the entire process depends on the number of U.S. Citizenship applications the USCIS offices receive in each state. Because some USCIS processing centers receive more applications than others, the processing times vary. For example, an application filed in a large metropolitan area like Los Angeles or New York generally takes longer to process than one filed in a rural area. USCIS is attempting to streamline processing times and is working towards getting all naturalization applications processed within 6 months of being filed. Additionally, making a mistake on your application can cost you even more time. However, by using our unique do-it-yourself service, you will be assisted throughout the entire process - helping you prevent costly mistakes to your application. You can apply for American citizenship online! Become a naturalized United States citizen by filing Form N-400 simply from your home computer.
U.S. citizenship is one of the most desirable citizenships in the world. When you become a citizen of the United States you are awarded permanent and unconditional stay and all the privileges and rights of the U.S. constitution.
- Voting. U.S. citizens are able to vote in all elections, both Federal and State.
- Bringing family to the United States. U.S. citizens are able to bring their family members to the United States to become permanent residents.
- Obtaining citizenship for children abroad. Children of U.S. citizens are eligible to become citizens themselves.
- Travelling with a U.S. passport. Travel with a U.S. passport allows you entrance into most of the countries of the world and many do not require you to have a visa because of your U.S. citizenship.
- Becoming eligible for Federal jobs. U.S. Federal jobs are some of the most coveted jobs in the country and are only available to U.S. citizens. Some benefits of Federal jobs-high paying, great insurance, and excellent pension programs.
- Becoming an elected official. As a U.S. citizen, you can run for public office and effect change in your community and the country.
To become a U.S. citizen, whether it be through family, military, or employment, you will need to pass the U.S. citizenship test. The citizenship test consists of 4 parts:
- Speaking Test. The speaking portion of the test occurs during your interview with a USCIS officer. The officer is testing your proficiency in the English language.
- Reading Test. The reading portion of the test requires that you read three English sentences allowed.
- Writing Test. The writing portion of the test requires you to write one of three sentences spoken aloud by the USCIS officer.
- Civics Test. The civics portion of the test consists of 100 questions on the history and government of the United States.
The Citizenship Interview will occur after your N-400 has been approved. The interview and the test will likely occur on the same day, at the same USCIS office, and often with the same USCIS officer.
After your N-400 is accepted, you will receive an appointment notice in the mail with the date, time and location of your interview. You must bring your appointment notice, green card, passport, and a state identification card (such as a driver's licence) to the interview. It is also a good idea to bring to any of the following if they apply to you: proof of your marital status, any documents that record a name change, selective service registration, and any court dispositions from criminal cases.
During the interview the USCIS officer will ask you questions about your N-400 application, biographical information, and questions regarding you commitment to the United States. The officer will also be testing your ability to speak and understand the English language. You will be placed under oath for the interview so ensure that you respond to all questions honestly.
How long to become a citizen?
The length of the citizenship process varies depending on how you applied for citizenship. Unless you are the child of a U.S. citizen, you will be required to spend time as a United States permanent resident, up to 5 years. You will also be required to spend a period of physical continuous residence in the United States. Once you are eligible to file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, it will only be a few months until you are a citizen. Once the application is accepted, you simply need to attend your naturalization interview, test, and ceremony and then you will become a citizen of the United States!
What is the Naturalization Ceremony?
The Naturalization Ceremony is the final step to becoming a U.S. citizen. During the ceremony, you will take an Oath of Allegiance to the United States and be given a Certificate of Naturalization. You will officially be a citizen of the United States!