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What happens at the citizenship interview?

Pat Malone • July 17, 2020

The interview has the English and civics test, and questions about your application. Exception: If you are older and you've had your green card for a long time, you might take the civics test in your own language or have an easier test. To learn about the exceptions, click here

English: You must show you can speak, read, and write basic English. Answer the officer’s questions in English. The officer will also ask you to read out loud and write some sentences about civics. You have to know how to read these words and write these words

Civics: USCIS has a list of 100 civics questions. These are study questions about U.S. history and government. The officer will ask you up to 10 questions from this list. To pass, you must answer at least 6 questions correctly.

Other Questions: The officer will review your application. They may ask about your immigration history and how you got your green card. They may look at all your immigration applications and check if your answers are consistent and correct.

What if I have a disability that makes it hard to go to the interview or take the test? 

USCIS must make "reasonable accommodations" to interview and test a person with disabilities. Examples: sign language interpreter, more time to take the test, off-site testing. To request an accommodation for an interview, use this online USCIS form.

People with some medical conditions may not have to take the test. A doctor must fill out a special form (Form N-648). 

COVID-19 Note: Some USCIS offices closed during COVID, so there have been delays and cancellations. Check USCIS notices on what to expect for your interview and test:

  • If you have to wear a mask
  • If anyone can come with you
  • Other instructions for safety


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