Citizenship Interview

Welcome to our Citizenship Class!
Who is an American? Americans are not defined by race, religion, or a uniform culture. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” This concept from the Declaration of Independence is intuitive. However, knowledge about American government, democratic principles, history, geography, documents, symbols, and holidays is gained by study and experience.

Components of the Naturalization (Citizenship) Test
  • Civics Test
    An applicant will be asked up to 10 questions from the list below. Applicants must answer at least six of the 10 questions to pass the civic test.

    • American Government
      In the United States, the government gets its power to govern from the people. We have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Citizens in the United States shape their government and its policies, so they must learn about important public issues and get involved in their communities. Learning about American government helps you understand your rights and responsibilities and allows you to fully participate in the American political process. The Founders of this country decided that the United States should be a representative democracy. They wanted a nation ruled by laws, not by men. In a representative democracy, the people choose officials to make laws and represent their views and concerns in government. The following section will help you understand the principles of American democracy, the U.S. system of government, and the important rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship.

    • Integrated Civics
      • Geography
      • Symbols
      • Holidays

    • American History
      • Colonial Period and Independence
      • 1800s
      • Recent American History and Other Important Historical Information
  • English Test
    • Oral Test - An applicant's ability to speak English will be determine by the USCIS Officer from the applicant's answers to questions normally asked during the eligibility interview on the Application for Naturalization, Form N-400.
      • Speaking

    • Reading Test - Each reading test administered to an applicant contains no more than 3 sentences. Applicants must read 1 out of 3 sentences correctly to demonstrate an ability to read in English. To help applicants prepare, USCIS released a reading vocabulary list containing all the words found in the English reading portion of the redesigned test. The content focuses on civics and history topics.
      • People
      • Civics
      • Places
      • Holidays
      • Questions Words
      • Verbs
      • Function
      • Other Content

    • Writing Test - Each writing test administered to an applicant contains no more than 3 sentences. Applicants must write 1 out of 3 sentences correctly in order to demonstrate an ability to write in English. To help applicants prepare, USCIS released a writing vocabulary list containing all the words found in the English writing portion of the redesigned test. The content focuses on civics and history topics.
      • People
      • Civics
      • Places
      • Months
      • Holidays
      • Verbs
      • Function
      • Other Content

English Language Exemptions

You Are Exempt From The English Language Requirement, But Are Still Required To Take The Civics Test If You Are:

  • Age 50 or older at the time of filing for naturalization and have lived as a permanent resident (green card holder) in the United States for 20 years   (commonly referred to as the “50/20” exception).
    OR
  • Age 55 or older at the time of filing for naturalization and have lived as a permanent resident in the United States for 15 years (commonly referred to as the “55/15” exception).
Even if you qualify for the “50/20” or “55/15” English language exceptions listed above, you must still take the civics test.  You may be permitted to take the civics test in your native language, but only if your command of spoken English is insufficient to conduct a valid examination in English. If you are age 65 or older and have been a permanent resident for at least 20 years at the time of filing for naturalization, you will be given special consideration regarding the civics requirement.