Citizenship Test

The civics test (citizenship test) is an exam which all individuals who have immigrated to the United States must pass in order to become a U.S. citizen. The question pool is comprised of one-hundred questions which cover a variety of topics on U.S. government, history and the constitution.

How Long do I have to Wait to be Naturalized?

The amount of time that an individual must wait to become naturalized depends on how they initially received their legal permanent resident status and how long they have maintained that status while living in the United States. If the individual received their green card by being a member of the military, it is a one year wait to be naturalized. If by marriage to a U.S. Citizen, the wait for naturalization is three years. If there are no special circumstances, then the default wait for a permanent resident to be naturalized is five years.

How do I become Naturalized?

The N-400 is the form which is generally used for the naturalization process.  Applicants may submit this form to USCIS either by mail, or by using a new online system if eligible.

Once successfully processed by USCIS, the applicant will be provided a date for their biometrics appointment at a local USCIS office. During the appointment, the applicant will provide their fingerprints, photograph, and/or their digital signature. This is done to help USCIS confirm the applicant’s identity and to conduct any necessary background checks.

What If I Don’t Pass the Citizenship Test on My First Try?

Don’t worry, applicants for naturalization are permitted to take the civics test twice. Although the applicant will study from a pool of one-hundred questions, they will be asked ten random questions during their interview. The retesting attempt is usually scheduled within sixty to ninety days after the initial interview.

Consider setting up a consultation with an immigration lawyer at Gilles Law, PLLC. You can reach us at 980-272-8438 at our office in Uptown Charlotte. We are here to assist with your inquiries.

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