In the U.S. citizenship application process, after you have filed your naturalization application package, if you meet all of the eligibility requirements, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will schedule you for an interview. During the interview, the examiner will test your English reading and writing skills by giving you a simple dictation test in which you must read a sentence in English and write a sentence in English that the officer says aloud. You will also have to sign your name in English. In addition, applicants must answer questions relating to U.S. history and civics. The questions will be asked orally to the applicant by an Immigration Officer. Applicants must correctly answer 6 out of 10 of the questions out of a group of 100 pre-determined questions. The Immigration officer will read the questions and the applicant must answer the questions verbally.
Sample history and civics questions include: 1) How many amendments does the Constitution have?; 2) What is the economic system in the United States?; 3) Name your U.S. Representative; 4) What are two Cabinet-level positions?; 5) Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?; 6) What is the name of the National Anthem?; 7) If the President can no longer serve, who takes over the position?; 8) In what year was the constitution written?; 9) What do the stripes on the U.S. flag mean?; and 10) What did Susan B. Anthony do? At the Shulman Law Group, LLC, we provide our clients with a complete study guide for the examination, which includes a list of all of the questions and answers, a cross-word puzzle as an exercise to practice for the test, and a scheduled preparation session in which our head attorney will prepare and test the applicant prior to the actual interview.
If you are physically unable to read or write or are at least 50 years old and have lived in the United States as a permanent legal resident for at least 20 years, you do not have to take the literacy examination. Also, if you are cognitively disabled, have a mental impairment, or a developmental disability that negatively impacts your ability to learn English and memorize civics/history facts, our immigration law office can help you to apply for an exemption, utilizing a specialized form, called an N-648, which is a Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions. The Shulman Law Group, LLC, has helped thousands of clients to successfully pass their citizenship test or to apply for an exemption due to conditions such as Dementia, Autism, Brain Trauma, and Learning Disabilities. In addition to preparing our clients for the Naturalization interview process, our attorneys accompany all clients to the appointment to help advocate for them to ensure a smooth process and a successful outcome.