A typical citizenship interview lasts about 20 minutes, but the exact timeframe varies by applicant.
The civics test is an oral test and the USCIS Officer will ask the applicant up to 10 of the 100 civics questions. An applicant must answer 6 out of 10 questions correctly to pass the civics portion of the naturalization test. On the naturalization test, some answers may change because of elections or appointments.
During your naturalization interview, a USCIS officer will ask you questions about your application and background. You will also take an English and civics test unless you qualify for an exemption or waiver. The English test has three components: reading, writing, and speaking.
The interview itself usually lasts about 20 minutes. The officer will go over the N-400 that you filled out, and ask you questions about the same information that's on the form. Part of the purpose here is to see whether you actually speak and understand English.
You must return your Permanent Resident Card to USCIS when you check in for your oath ceremony. You will no longer need your Permanent Resident Card because you will get your Certificate of Naturalization at the ceremony.
We will give you the results of your test right after you take it. If you pass and meet the others requirements for citizenship, we may give you a citizenship ceremony date at the same time we give you the results. If we do not, we will mail you a letter with the date and time of your ceremony.
Once you've passed the interview and citizenship test, USCIS will send you a notification that your application was approved. You will then be scheduled for your oath ceremony, usually 1–2 months after your successful interview.
If you received a notice stating that your N-400 was denied after the interview, it could be for any of the following three reasons: Failure to show competence on the English and civics tests. Failure to show residence and physical presence requirements. Failure to show good moral character.
During your naturalization interview, a USCIS officer will ask you questions about your application and background. Unless you qualify for an exemption, you will also take a naturalization test which is made up of two components, an English and civics test.
It's not necessary to dress formally for your U.S. citizenship interview and test. You may dress comfortably but look professional. "Business casual" is a good rule of thumb. Avoid wearing jeans, shorts and t-shirts.
Your appointment notice for the interview. Your permanent resident card (Form I-551) An ID form issued by the state (e.g. your driver's license) Every valid or expired passport, as well as the documentation that recorded your absences from the United States ever since you became a permanent resident.
The diagram below shows that 96.1% of all applicants pass the naturalization test. In fiscal year 2021, almost 90% passed it during the initial interview, and another 6% of all applicants passed during a re-exam.
In most cases, the citizenship interview takes place 6-10 months after submitting your citizenship application. The interview will be conducted by a USCIS officer who will ask you personal, English and civics questions.
USCIS has 120 days from the date of the initial naturalization interview to issue a decision. If the decision is not issued within 120 days of the interview, an applicant may request judicial review of his or her application in district court.
At the naturalization interview, you will also be tested on your knowledge of U.S. civics and history. There is a list of 128 possible questions that you will need to study. (If you are eligible to complete the interview in your own language, you will study the questions in your own language).
Technically, the USCIS has to provide you with a decision on your naturalization application within 120 days of your naturalization interview. In a green card application, the USCIS is supposed to provide you with an official notification of their decision within 30 days of your interview.
Will A Denial of Citizenship Cause Deportation? Usually, it doesn't. If the reasons for the denial of citizenship are failing the English Ability and Civic Tests or failing to prove the 5-year continuous stay in the US before application, then the applicant just goes back to permanent resident status.
You have been convicted of or admitted to a crime involving moral turpitude, such as fraud. You spent 180 days or more in jail or prison for any crime. You committed any crime related to illegal drugs other than a single offense involving 30 grams or less of marijuana.
Immigration officials want to know that you have the financial fortitude to support the immigrant in the United States so that they do not become a public charge and financial burden to the government. That is why they want to see how much money you have in the bank to support yourself and any visa recipients.
Some of the most common reasons for the denial of an Application for Naturalization (Form N-400) include failing the tests for citizenship, which relate to a foreign national's command of the English language and knowledge of U.S. government.
Applications for work permits saw an increase of processing times from 3.2 months in FY 2020 to 4.3 months in FY 2022.
The naturalization ceremony is a solemn and meaningful event. Please dress in proper attire to respect the dignity of this event (please no jeans, shorts, or flip flops). At the minimum, business casual would be appropriate but you could also dress up in a suit or dress if you're so inclined.
USCIS instructs all applicants to dress in attire that “respects the dignity” of the Oath of Allegiance ceremony. The agency specifically prohibits wearing jeans, shorts, and flip flops.