How can you prepare to get your American citizenship?
American citizenship interview coverage
USCIS officer will ask you citizenship questions relating to your:
- background; and
After completing this interview, you need to take a test of:
- English for:
- writing; and
- civics (U.S. history and government topics).
Answering the interview questions successfully!
Here’s how you can prepare to take the English test and civics test:
What documents to you need to bring for the citizenship interview?
- Your Green Card (Permanent Resident Card) with its photocopy (front and back);
- Your driver’s license, or identification card issued in your state;
- Your current and expired passports or your travel documents; and
- Copies of your tax returns for the last five years (three years if you have married an American citizen).
You may also be asked to submit: marriage license; divorce decree, or your spouse”s death certificate, whichever is applicable; proof of your spouse’s American citizenship; name change document, if applicable; your criminal police/court records; and any other document that USCIS officer may request.
When do you not need to take the interview?
You are exempted from taking English test if you are:
- 50 years old and lived in the U.S. for at least 20 years as permanent resident (Green Card holder); or
- 55 years old and lived in the U.S. for at least 15 years; or
You may also be exempted from taking the English test if you have a physical and developmental disability or mental impairment.
For more information, visit USCIS website.
Short test if you are over 65 years old
You need to answer only 20 of the 100 questions if your are 65 years or older and have been in the United States for at least 20 years as a Permanent Resident.