Six of the most common questions and things you will need to help you during your USCIS citizenship interview.
1. Review your appointment time and location!
USCIS will send you a notice in the mail telling you when and where you must appear for your interview. You will only receive one notice, so make sure all address changes are regularly updated with USCIS.
2. Go to your local office at the specified time!
You should arrive at the USCIS office 30 minutes prior to your interview. If you do not go to your interview and do not contact USCIS beforehand, USCIS will administratively close your case. If this happens and you do not contact USCIS within one year, your application will be denied.
3. Bring all documentation requested by USCIS and your photo identification!
Any requested documents will be listed on your appointment letter. If you fail to bring all requested documents, your case may be delayed or denied. Acceptable forms of identification are your Permanent Resident or Alien Registration Card, your passport, even if expired, a State Identification card, and any Reentry Permits you have.
4. Answer questions about your application and background!
At your interview, a USCIS officer will explain the purpose of the interview, ask to see your identification, and place you under oath. He/she will then ask you questions regarding your eligibility to become a citizen such as your background, your character, your previous residences and length of stays there. You may also be asked about the US Constitution and your willingness to swear allegiance to the United States. REMEMBER YOU ARE UNDER OATH AND MUST ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS TRUTHFULLY!
5. Take the English and civics tests!
During the interview, a USCIS officer will test your ability to read, write, and speak English (unless you are exempt form the English Requirements). You will also be given a civics test in English, to test your knowledge of US history and government. Even if exempt from the English requirement, you will have to take the civics test in the language of your choice or qualify for a waiver. You will be tested on reading, writing, and speaking. The civics test is ten questions, to pass you must answer six correctly.
6. Receive a decision!
After your interview, USCIC will give you a form N-652 that gives you information about the results of your interview. Based on all the information you have given them, USCIS will either grant, continue, or deny your application after your interview.
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