U.S. Citizenship - Resource Center

This page is dedicated to helping people seeking U.S. citizenship pass the interview/test portion of the naturalization process. The interview is conducted in English, though you could request or bring an interpreter (under Certain Conditions). You can find important resources below.

Background Questions

After the applicant's name (or number) is called, she will be led to the interviewer's desk or office to begin the interview. Following a cordial greeting and introduction, the interviewer will ask the applicant personal/background questions.

Examples:

1) Where were you born?
2) Are you married?
3) How long have you been living in __________(U.S. city/state)?
4) Have you been out of the country since you came here?
5) Can you read, speak, and write in English?

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Eligibility Questions

The interviewer will also ask questions aimed to determine if the applicant is eligible or qualified for citizenship.

Examples:

1) Are you registered to vote?  (Always answer NO)
2) Do you believe in the United States Constitution? (Always answer YES)
3) Why do you want to become an U.S. citizen? (Positive answer)
4) Are you willing to take the Oath of Allegiance? (Always answer YES)
5) Are you now or have you ever been a member of the communist party? (Be truthful to avoid future litigation)

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U.S. History/Civics Questions

The interviewer will ask the applicant U.S. civics questions. The interviewer usually has discretion on how many civics questions to ask (but no more than 10). Most interviewers use the absolute score to decide whether or not the applicant pass the test (e.g. at least 6 correct out of 10).

Examples:

1) Who was the first president of the United States? (George Washington)
2) Who is the president of the United States today? (Donald Trump)
3) What is the constitution? (The supreme law of the land)
4) How many states are there in the Union? (50)
5) Name three rights (or freedom) guaranteed by the Bill of Rights? (Freedom of speech, religion, and peaceful assembly).

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Interpreter

If the applicant is 50 years of age and has lived as a permanent resident for at least 20 years or the applicant is 55 years of age and has lived as a permanent resident for at least 15 years, she is allowed to request or bring an interpreter to the interview.

Interpreter Tips:

1) Fluency in both English and the native language.
2) Can be either a professional interpreter or a temporary interpreter (e.g family member, friend).
3) At least some knowledge of interpreting rules.
4) Be accurate as possible. No intentional misinterpretation.

Practice

1) Have a family member or friend do role-playing with you where the person will act as the interviewer.
2) Study the 100 common U.S. civics/history questions and answers.
3) People with limited English should practice their conversational skills.
4) Prepare answers for the tricky personal/eligibility questions.

Language Support

Vietnamese translation of the common civics questions may be available upon request. In the future, we may support Spanish and French.

Contact the Resource Center at clubstratagem@gmail.com. You may also post your questions in the comment section and we will reply to you.

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