The United States has more immigrants than any other country in the world, and 7.5 million of those immigrants have reached naturalized citizenship over the past decade. If you’ve been in the country as a lawful permanent resident for five years (or three years if you’re married to a U.S. citizen), you may be eligible for naturalization!
If you think it’s time to apply for naturalized citizenship, you should contact an immigration attorney in Los Angeles to make sure that you are eligible and prepared for the process. Once you fill out the N-400 form for naturalization, you will also have to attend a naturalization interview with an immigration official.
This interview is done for a few reasons. These include:
- To verify that the information on your N-400 form is accurate and correct
- To make sure that your English comprehension is satisfactory
- To make sure that you have a basic understanding of U.S. civics
It may come as a surprise, but to reach naturalized citizenship, you must pass a civics test. Your interviewer will ask you 10 questions, and you must answer 6 of them correctly. These 10 questions will be pulled from a list of 100 on the USCIS website.
If you meet certain requirements, you can take the test in your native language, but it’s generally administered in English. If you’re nervous, don’t be! 90% of test-takers pass this test.
If you’ve been out of school for a decade or more, your test-taking skills may be rusty. That’s why it’s important to study and prepare yourself for the test. The questions can be found on the USCIS website, so you should make sure to print them out so you can hold the questions in your hands the way you will when you take the test.
You can also arrange a study group of other naturalization hopefuls to help memorize and prepare for the test.
Before your naturalization test, you need to get plenty of sleep and stick as close as possible to your daily routine. If you normally eat breakfast, don’t skip it the day of the test. If you never drink coffee, don’t down a latte before you walk into your interview.
Our citizenship and naturalization lawyer in Los Angeles will do everything possible to make sure that you pass and achieve your American dream. Contact us to set up an appointment.