The naturalization interview is one of the last steps required to become a naturalized citizen of the United States. After you submit your application for naturalization and pay a filing fee, you should receive notification of the date, time and location of your naturalization interview.
Knowing what to expect from the interview may make it less intimidating. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services explain what you should know prior to your interview.
What do you have to bring to the interview?
As a lawful permanent resident of the United States, you must have your Green Card with you at all times. This requirement extends to the naturalization interview. If your Green Card is set to expire before your naturalization interview, you should renew it promptly.
You also need to bring original copies of your birth certificate and any other documents that are relevant to your case. Depending on your situation, these may include marriage certificates, probation records, divorce decrees or other court orders.
What assessments take place as part of the naturalization interview?
During the naturalization interview, you must take an English test and a physics test. The English test takes place in multiple parts and assesses your ability to read, write and speak English.
The civics test measures your understanding of U.S. government and your responsibility as a citizen. There are 128 possible questions on the test. The interviewer will ask you 20, and you have to answer 12 correctly to pass.
The questions and answers on the civics test are available online for you to study beforehand. Bear in mind that the answers to the questions can change in response to election outcomes, so make sure that you are studying the most recent information. The questions themselves always stay the same.