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Common Naturalization Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared For

Prepare for your naturalization interview by understanding some of the common questions asked.

Preparing for your naturalization interview can be a daunting task. You have waited for years for the opportunity to become a United States citizen.   Now, the only thing in your way is the interview. Proper preparation is the best way to ensure that your naturalization interview goes smoothly.

Questions Regarding Your N-400 Application for Naturalization


A large portion of the Naturalization interview questions that the USCIS officer asks will come directly from your N-400 Application for Naturalization. The officer will ask you questions from the form, such as your legal name, address and marital status. The purpose of these questions is two-fold.  One, the officer is confirming that the information that you have is still correct. Two, the officer is testing your English skills by asking these basic questions and listening to your responses. For this reason, it is best that you review your N-400 carefully before the interview.

The USCIS officer may ask if there are any changes to the information that you provided on your Application.  Most changes are not a problem.  If you have moved or changed jobs, be prepared to provide the updated information.  If you have traveled outside of the United States since you filed, you need to bring a list of your travel dates and other details regarding your trips.   Other changes may be problematic, such as if you were arrested after filing your N-400.   If this is the case, then you may want so speak with an immigration lawyer in Clearwater prior to going to your interview.

What General Naturalization Interview Questions Will the Officer Ask?

Each interview is different and the general interview questions that you are asked will vary.  Since the N-400 Application includes so much information, many of the questions you are asked will deal with topics touched upon on the Application form.

Common questions include questions about where you live, where you work, your parents, your spouse and your children.  You may be asked to discuss the details of your last several trips outside of the United States.   If you have a criminal history, you will most likely be asked questions regarding this portion of your life.   You will be asked questions regarding your character and values, as well as your opinion and views of the U.S. government and the U.S. Constitution.

The USCIS officer’s job during the interview is to determine if you are eligible to become a U.S. citizen.  The information on your N-400 Application is a starting point.  The officer may have information about you from other sources.  You must always answer the Officer’s questions honestly.  If you do not know the answer to a question, admit that you do not know the answer.  If you do not understand a question, you are better off asking the officer to restate the question than guessing at the answer.  If you lie or misrepresent the truth, your Naturalization application may be denied.

What Documents Should You Bring to the Naturalization Interview?

You should have the following documents with you at your Naturalization Interview:

  • Your Green Card (Permanent Resident Card)
  • Your Current Passport and any other passports that you have used
  • Any reentry permits that you may have
  • Your Driver’s License
  • Your tax returns for the last five years (three years if you have filed for naturalization as the spouse of a U.S. citizen)
  • Your original birth certificate with translation
  • Your original marriage license with translation
  • Your original divorce decree(s) with translation
  • Original death certificate of your spouse (if applicable)
  • Certified copies of any and all criminal records

You should organize your documents so that you know where each document is and can get to them easily and quickly.  If you have any questions as to what documents to bring, a Clearwater immigration attorney can help you to ensure that you have all the documents that you will need.

Questions About the Civics Exam

Unless you have qualified for a waiver, you will take a civics exam at your naturalization interview.   The test itself is relatively simple, but the idea of it can be quite stressful.   There is a list of 100 possible U.S. history and civics questions.  During the interview the office will ask you a total of ten questions in English.  You must only answer six questions correctly to pass the test.  USCIS has multiple resources on its website to help you prepare for the test, including a list of the questions with acceptable answers and flashcards.   While these study materials are available in English, Spanish and Chinese, applicants must answer test questions in English.

What Does the English Test Include?

You must show the USCIS officer that you are able to read, write, speak and understand English.  You will be asked to write a sentence in English and you will be asked to read a sentence in English.  There are study materials on USCIS’ website.  The officer will conduct the Naturalization Interview in English and gauge your ability to speak and understand English.  You may ask the officer to repeat a question or rephrase the question if you do not understand but please note that, essentially, your entire interview is a test of your English skills.  It is possible to pass the reading and writing portion of the English test and still be denied due to difficulties that you have speaking English at your interview.  You should be comfortable that your ability to speak and understand English is strong prior to attending your Naturalization interview.

Contact Julie Beth Jouben P.A. for More Information About Naturalization Interview Questions

At the law firm of Julie Beth Jouben, P.A., we can help you with questions you have about the naturalization process. Call Julie Beth Jouben, P.A. at 727-449-9929 and get the answers you need. We can give you the information that you need to make informed decisions.

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