Naturalization. How to Obtain U.S. Citizenship through Naturalization.

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) are fulfilled. According to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 757,434 persons were naturalized in 2012.Citizenship-throughNaturalization1

Naturalization is a complex process. It has some general requirements:

  • Be age 18 or older;
  • Be a permanent resident for a certain amount of time (5 years or 3 years)
  • Be a person of good moral character
  • Have a basic knowledge of U.S. Government
  • Have a period of continuous and physical presence in the U.S.
  • Be able to speak, read and write in English.

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What to Expect on Your Naturalization Test

   naturalizationA lot of people want to take the naturalization test but in the most of cases they don’t know what it contains. To become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you must pass the naturalization test.  The naturalization test has two components:

  1. English Test
  2. Civics Test.

During your naturalization interview, you will be asked questions about your application and background. You must keep in mind that you are under oath and you have to tell only the truth. You will also take an English and civics test unless you qualify for an exemption or waiver.

englishusaThe English Test has three parts:

  1. Oral Test 
  2. Reading Test
  3. Writing test 

unnamedThe second part of the naturalization test is Civics Test. The civics test contains questions about U.S. history and government. Follow the link below to find educational materials, such as Civics Flash Cards, to help you prepare for the naturalization interview:

Generally, during the naturalization interview, applicants are asked up to 10 questions from the list of 100 questions in English. The applicant should answer correctly 6 of the 10 questions to pass the civics test in English.

There are some exceptions from the naturalization test requirements. 

In the case when an applicant fails any portion of test during the initial examination, USCIS will reschedule the application for a second examination between 60 and 90 days after the initial examination. In the case when an applicant fails any portion of the naturalization test a second time, the officer will deny the application.

If you complete the Eligibility Worksheet and have questions about your eligibility, you should seek advice by consulting an attorney.

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