Written by attorney Javier G Pineda

Tips for your citizenship interview

You filed your application, have been fingerprinted and now your interview has been scheduled. Now what do you do? Make sure you have prepared yourself for the history and government questions. You will be required to answer some questions on history and government even if qualify to be interviewed in your own language. The following are tips to help you once you are ready for your interview.

· Make sure you know where you will be interviewed. If you are not familiar with the area, visit the office prior to the interview.

· Do not arrive more than 30 minutes prior to the interview.

· Dress appropriately. You do not need to wear a suit, but do not wear shorts, hats, t-shirts. After all it is an important interview.

· Know the information on your application. You will be asked about everything on the application you submitted. Be honest with your answers.

· If you need to correct something on the application, make sure you point it out at the interview.

· Once you arrive, turn in your appointment notice and wait to be called. The waiting time can be anywhere from a few minutes to an hour in some locations.

· Once you are called, the officer will introduce himself and walk you to his/her office.

· You will be placed under oath and the officer will go through all parts of your application.

· If you meet all the requirements for naturalization and merit a favorable exercise of discretion, the officer will recommend approval of your application.

· You are not a citizen and cannot say you are a citizen until you take the oath. Usually it is scheduled for a later date. Some offices may conduct the oath ceremony after you pass the interview. This varies by location and district policies.

It is always recommended that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney prior to filing any application with USCIS to make sure you are indeed eligible.

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