The Department of Homeland Security will release their annual report on the total U.S. naturalizations for 2012 in a couple of months. The most recent data reflects 2011, which saw a total number of 694,193 people become new U.S. citizens.
Your U.S. citizenship interview is coming up and you still don’t know what to expect. It’s probably safe to assume that those 694,193 felt as overwhelmed then as you do now.
You’ve probably dealt with so many immigration processes that, at this point, it all seems a little hard to take in. I mean, this is it! After filing several forms, paying all the fees and waiting all these years, this is the one last thing before you finally reach the naturalization ceremony and become a U.S. citizen. It’s the naturalization interview. It’s exciting.
As you prepare, you must remember the following:
The citizenship test is meant to determine how well you know U.S. history and civics and how well you know the English language. The immigration officer will administer the test during the interview. You can take your time when answering the questions, and don’t be afraid to ask the officer to repeat the questions for you.
During the test, ten questions will be selected out of a list of 100. You will be required to answer 6 out of those ten questions correctly. This part will be easy with the right U.S. Citizenship test study materials.
As part of the test, you will be asked questions about yourself. This will include questions about your application. This is the reason why it’s so important to be truthful in your application. It’s to make sure you know the answers you have provided.
Citizenship Interview Day
Be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before your interview and be sure to dress in formal business attire.
Bring the following documents with you:
- Your appointment notice
- Your Green Card
- Your Photo ID
- All valid and expired passports and travel documents
- Marriage Certificates, if applicable
- Court documents of name change, if applicable
- Arrest records, if applicable
- Selective Service registration, if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25 years old