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How Do I Prepare for My Naturalization Interview?

Working through the naturalization process is a monumental step toward becoming a United States citizen. This process entails a lot of components, one of them being the naturalization interview. Read on to discover how you can best prepare for your naturalization interview and how one of the seasoned attorneys at our Lyndhurst naturalization law firm, the Law Offices of Salvatore A. Falletta, LLC, can help educate you on what lies ahead.

What are the components of a naturalization interview?

Before all else, it is worth mentioning that your naturalization interview will be conducted by a member of the United State Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at your local USCIS office. To make the best first impression, you must be on time for your interview.

At the introduction of your interview, you will be asked certain things that reference back to your N-400 Form. More specifically, you will need to answer questions about your country of origin, employment status, marital history, time spent outside of the U.S., etc.

Soon after, you will be asked questions that test your knowledge of the English language, U.S. history, and the U.S. government. Namely, there is the English language test and the civics exam.

What can I do to study for my naturalization interview?

Firstly, the English language exam is made up of three parts: speaking, reading, and writing. For speaking, your ability to speak and understand English will be generally assessed throughout the conversations you hold with the USCIS member throughout your interview. For reading, you will have to read aloud one of three sentences correctly. And for writing, you will have to write one of three sentences correctly. The Reading Test Vocabulary List and the Writing Test Vocabulary List will help you study for the reading portion and writing portion, respectively.

As for the civics exam, the USCIS member will have you answer 20 questions regarding U.S. history and the U.S. government. You must get 12 of these 20 questions correct. The Civics Test Questions List has a list of 128 questions that you can study.

What happens if I do not pass my naturalization interview?

Rest assured, you will be given two attempts to pass your naturalization interview. If you fail a portion, you will be retested on that same portion anywhere between 60 to 90 days from the date of your initial interview.

Sometimes, you do not find out the results of your naturalization interview on the same day, as you may have to provide more information or have another interview altogether. If you are still awaiting your results, consult with one of the competent attorneys at our Lyndhurst family & individual immigration law firm today.

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

If you need experienced legal counsel for matters regarding immigration, please contact the Law Offices of Salvatore A. Falletta, LLC today to schedule a consultation. Our firm is located in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.