Naturalization Interview Tips

This post outlines helpful tips in preparing and attending a naturalization interview.
1. Attend Biometric Appointment

Go to your local USCIS field office at the specified date and time for your background check. Await follow-up notice of interview date.

2. Receive Interview Notice

Be sure to note the date and time of your naturalization interview. At this point, begin preparing for the Civics portion of the exam.

3. Study USCIS Materials

As part of the naturalization interview, you will be required to test proficiently in English & Civics. The English test has three components: reading, writing, and speaking. There are 100 civics questions, of which you will be asked up to 10 questions and you must answer correctly six of the 10 questions to pass the civics test.

4. Gather all required documents

You should bring the following documents with you to your interview – 1) green card, 2) passport, 3) interview notice, 4) reentry permits, 5) state-issued identification. You can also electively bring a copy of your application, previous leases or deeds to show continued residence, and tax returns to show compliance with filing your taxes.

5. Attend the Interview

Go to your local office at the specified date and time at least 30 minutes before your scheduled interview. At your naturalization interview, you will be required to answer questions about your application and background. You will also take an English and civics test unless you qualify for an exemption or waiver.

6. Decision

If your application is approved for citizenship, you will either be given notice of an oath ceremony for a later date or be given the opportunity on the same day. If a request for more evidence is issued, you will need to submit the documentation requested by the specified date. Finally, if you are given another opportunity to take a portion of your testing, attend the follow-up interview at the designated time and date after having prepared thoroughly.

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