The Citizenship Interview (with questions and answers)
Once you file your N-400 you will wait about 4-6 weeks until you receive a receipt notice from USCIS. The receipt notice will let you know that USCIS has received your application and that they will be working on your case.
The next time you hear from USCIS should be concerning your biometrics. Biometrics is a fancy word meaning fingerprinting. USCIS will fingerprint you and take digital photos and use your fingerprints in order to do a security background check on you.
Roughly one month before your interview, USCIS will inform you, via mail, of the date place and time of your interview. They will also let you know which documents they wish for you to bring. Make sure you bring these documents. In addition, bring your interview notice, all passports in your possession and green card.
On the day of your interview you should arrive at least 40 minutes early. You must have government issued identification to enter the building.
You should go through your naturalization application line by line prior to going to the interview. If something is not accurate for some reason you should talk to an immigration attorney prior to the interview. You should be very familiar with the naturalization application.
You will enter the interviewer’s office. You will be asked for your identification and asked to remain standing. The interviewer will administer an oath to tell the truth.
The interviewer will go over your N-400 application and the documents you submitted in order to ensure that everything is accurate. If there are any changes to your application now would be the time to let the officer know. If you have recently divorced the person who sponsored you for a green card or you were arrested or done anything else that would change the answers on your application please talk to an experienced Immigration Attorney prior to going to the interview.
The interviewer will likely go over your complete immigration history and any criminal history in the U.S.
She will then test your ability to understand and write English. The officer will be paying attention to whether you understand her questions and instructions. The officer will likely have you write a basic sentence in English. An example would be: I enjoy drinking coffee. Make sure you can speak, understand and write in basic English prior to the interview. Practice with friends and family (who speak English well) prior to the interview.
You will then be tested on your knowledge of U.S. Civics. You will be given the questions to study when you have your biometrics done. Make sure you study. The questions you should study are below (from the USCIS website).
The officer will orally ask you up to 10 questions concerning basic U.S. Civics. Once you get 6 correct the test will end. Once the question is said to you, take a breath (a pause) to make sure that you understand the question and then give your answer. You are not timed on your answers so there is no rush to answer. Make sure you understand the question, pause, then answer. If you do not understand a given question then ask the officer to repeat it.
If all goes well you may receive your decision on the same day. You should also be told the date of the swearing in ceremony.
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