What testing is part of the United States naturalization process?

On Behalf of | Dec 16, 2021 | US Immigration Law

You are a permanent resident who has been in the United States for some time. Now, you want to make the United States your lifelong home. Even as a permanent resident, you could still face removal from the country in certain situations. There are also limitations on your rights that don’t apply to citizens.

The naturalization process allows you to become a citizen. There are numerous benefits to becoming a citizen of the United States. You have more opportunities to help family members enter the country. You have more protection from removal or deportation. You can also vote in elections or run for political office.

Becoming a citizen requires that you complete an interview and pass certain tests. What does the testing process for naturalization involve?

You must show competence in English and United States Civics

The naturalization test has two parts. One is an English language test, and one is a United States Civics test. These tests will be part of the naturalization interview in most cases.

The English language test is primarily oral, although it does also involve reading and writing. Someone will have to communicate in English during the interview and demonstrate their ability to use the English language proficiently.

They will also have to take an oral test in Civics. The test involves the interviewer asking you 20 Civics questions. You will have to get at least 12 of those questions correct. Those who do not pass the test the first time will have the opportunity to retake the test one time after they fail.

How can you prepare for the test?

There are numerous ways to prepare for your naturalization test. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides a list of the Civics test questions that you can use to study. Many community organizations and educational institutions offer English language classes. There are even apps and social groups that can help you practice your English language skills.

In some cases, immigrants may qualify for testing accommodations. Those with disabling medical conditions and those who have been in the country for decades may qualify for exemptions or supports while taking the naturalization test.

Learning about the naturalization process can make citizenship an achievable dream.