Written by attorney Nesa Targhibi

Waivers and exemptions for the English and civcs tests

Becoming a U.S. citizen comes with a lot of perks. But when it comes to the naturalization process, there is a strict set of requirements that applicants must meet. One of these requirements is an understanding of the English language and an understanding of U.S. history and government.

This requirement is stated in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) as "applicant must demonstrate an ability to read, write, and speak words in ordinary usage in the English language, and have a knowledge and understanding of the U.S. history and government (civics)." Some may be worried about these tests. As always, do not despair. There is a series of waivers and exemptions available to those who qualify.

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