Preparing for Citizenship and Naturalization
The decision to officially become a United States citizen is an important one, and the process of citizenship and naturalization may well be one of the biggest experiences in your life. You shouldn’t underestimate the importance of citizenship and naturalization, although if you have already decided to become a United States citizen, chances are you already know this is a huge choice.
After you have consulted with an immigration lawyer regarding your citizenship and naturalization, you should prepare for the rest of the process. There will be paperwork to file with the appropriate agencies regarding your citizenship and naturalization, and your lawyer will be able to assist you in identifying and filling out the paperwork to get the ball rolling.
Once you have applied for citizenship and naturalization, you will go in for an interview with an officer at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Department. The USCIS officer’s job is to make sure you are prepared for citizenship and naturalization. They will ask you questions during your eligibility interview and will evaluate your ability to speak and write in English. The officer is testing your comprehension and literacy as a precursor to citizenship and naturalization, so make sure you are prepared. The English portion of the interview has a reading and a writing portion. To qualify for citizenship and naturalization, you will have to read one out of three sentences correctly. There is also a civics portion of the interview. You will be asked up to ten questions out of one hundred, and you must answer at least six correctly in order to qualify for citizenship and naturalization.
The USCIS has resources you can use to study for your citizenship and naturalization interview and test. They have English language resources and civics resources to make sure that you are prepared to qualify for citizenship and naturalization. After you study, you can try a self test on the USCIS web site to see if you are ready to go in for your interview and pass with flying colors. The civics test on the web site is a multiple choice exam, but when you go in for your citizenship and naturalization interview, you will have to give your answers orally. The self test is just a useful tool to see if you are ready for the citizenship and naturalization process. Don’t worry if you don’t pass the first time; you will be given two chances to pass the English and civics portions of the citizenship and naturalization exam.
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