N-400 US Citizenship Interview What to Expect & Prepare | USCitizenshipTest.org

N-400 US Citizenship Interview What to Expect & Prepare | USCitizenshipTest.org

The purpose of this video is to help applicants prepare for the naturalization interview and test. We will go over what to do before the interview, what to expect during the interview, what happens after the interview, and a quick summary. Are you ready? Let’s get started. N-400 USA Citizenship Interview.
What to expect and how to prepare for it. Before the interview When is the interview? After you have submitted your N-400 application and completed the fingerprint appointment, you will receive a notice. This is usually the longest part of your path to citizenship. It varies from a couple of months up to two years depending on your USCIS field office. The notice will have both the date and the location of the interview. You can reschedule your interview. However, we strongly discourage you to do that because it will add a significant delay to your application. if you really have to reschedule, the notice will have the contact information for rescheduling. And make sure to contact them as soon as possible. If you don’t show up for the interview without notifying USCIS in advance, your application will be closed. If that happens, you need to contact USCIS within one year to restart the process. If you don’t do that, your application will be denied and that will cause a lot of issues down the road if you decide to reapply. Where does the interview take place? USCIS will provide the field office for your interview based on the zip code of your current physical address on the N-400 form. If you move, you need to either fill out the form AR-11 online or call USCIS within 10 days of your relocation. Your application might be delayed if they need to transfer it to a new field office. How long will the interview last? If everything goes well, it will usually last about 15 to 30 minutes. What should I bring? You must bring your appointment notice with you to the interview along with your permanent resident card also called your green card, all valid and expired passports, and a state issued identification card such as a driver’s license. There are other documents that you should bring to your interview to avoid any delay in processing your application. These include federal income tax returns for the past three or five years depending on your application. Evidence of your current marital status such as a marriage certificate, divorce or annulment decree or the death certificate of a former spouse. If you’ve changed your name, bring evidence of the name change such as a copy of your marriage documents. If your spouse was previously married, bring evidence that your spouse’s prior marriage was terminated. If you’ve been arrested or detained by the police at any time, bring original or certified copies of court dispositions. If you have any traffic tickets, bring the payment receipts. And if you are a man between 18 and 31 years old, you need to provide proof that you’re registered with the Selective Service. In addition, we suggest you to bring a copy of the N-400 application you submitted. How should I dress? We suggest you to dress business casual. For men, it’s usually long pants, a shirt or sweater and closed toed shoes. For women, long pants and a blouse or a dress. Skip shorts, t-shirt, sandals and anything too revealing. Treat it as an interview, not a day at the beach or in the club. During the interview Try to arrive 15 to 30 minutes before the appointment time to avoid unforeseeable situations such as traffic. When you arrive, you will be asked to enter through the security checkpoint, like in an airport. You must show your naturalization interview notice and identification to the security officer. The security officer or an immigration officer will tell you where to find the customer service waiting area. When you arrive at the customer service waiting area, you will need to present your naturalization interview notice to the immigration officer at the customer service desk. The officer will then ask you to wait until your name is called. Once your name is called, a USCIS officer will first place you under oath, take your picture and get your fingerprints. The interview consists of four portions. No 1. confirm your application is accurate and up to date. No 2. test your ability to speak and understand English. No 3. test your ability to read and write English. No 4. test your USA civics knowledge So let’s go over each one of them. No 1. confirm your application is accurate and up-to-date. No 2. test your ability to speak and understand English. A large part of the naturalization interview involves reviewing the N-400 form. The officer will ask you questions to verify the answers you provided on the application and to determine your eligibility for naturalization. The officer will also review documents you submitted to support your application and may ask you to provide additional information to the answers provided in the application. Now is also a good time to notify the officer if some of the answers for the application have changed such as new trips after submitting the application, marital status, or traffic tickets. Some potential questions the officer might ask are: Biographical information including marital history and military service. Admission and length of time as a lawful permanent resident. Absences from the United States after becoming a lawful permanent resident. Places of residence and employment history. Moral character and any criminal history. Attachment to the principles of the USA Constitution. Affiliations or memberships in certain organizations. Willingness to take an oath of allegiance to the United States. Any other topic pertinent to the eligibility determination. It’s a good idea to review the answers on your application prior to attending your exam appointment. Keep in mind that you must always be honest in your responses. Lying to an immigration officer during the naturalization interview may make you ineligible for naturalization. When the officer reviews form N-400 with you, the officer is also testing your ability to speak and understand the English language, one of the requirements for naturalization. The USCIS officer might also ask you about the definition of some of the words on the N-400 form during the interview, so make sure you study for that. No 3. test your ability to read and write English. The officer will proceed to the reading and writing portion of the English test. The reading and writing tests each have three sentences. You only need to get one reading and one writing sentence correct to pass. No 4. test your USA civics knowledge. The officer will test your civics knowledge by asking you 10 out of the 100 set questions. Please note that the officer will stop asking you questions once you’ve answered six questions correctly. Finally, the officer will ask you to sign a series of documents. Everything is digital now, so the reading and writing portion of the English test and all of the signatures will be on a tablet. A few things to be noted during the interview. If you do not understand something, you should ask the officer to repeat the question or explain the question using other words. Take some time to process them and answer the questions clearly and slowly. There’s no rush. Sometimes the officer will choose to record the interview. He or she will notify you. There’s no need to worry about that. They might use that for training purposes or evidence to support the decision of the interview. Upon completion of your interview, USCIS will give you form N-652
(Naturalization interview results) This form contains your interview results and tells you the decision of the officer. Here’s a sample of the N-652 form. It is mainly divided into four sections. Section one has your alien number, the date of your interview, and the name of the officer who interviewed you. Section 2 covers your interview results and any further actions you need to take. Section 3 is the decision of the officer. Section 4 includes some important instructions you need to follow. So let’s go over section 2. If this box is checked, it means you passed both the English and the US civics test. That’s what you should aim for. This box is checked if you pass the civics test and your English test was waived because you met certain criteria. The next box is checked only if you claim any disability exemption such as blindness. If you fail the English reading and/or writing test or if the officer thinks you cannot speak basic English during the interview, this box will be checked and you will have to be scheduled for a second interview. If you cannot get at least six out of the ten USA civics test questions correctly, this will be checked and you will have to be scheduled for a second interview. This box is checked if additional information is needed to make an accurate determination on the naturalization application. The N-14 form will include the specific documentation or information that the officer is requesting, the ways in which the applicant may respond, and the period of time that the applicant has to reply, usually within 30 days. Make sure to follow these instructions and you must provide accurate information within the time frame. Failure to do so will result in a denial of your application. This box can be checked even if you passed both the English and civics test. The officer needs to confirm some of the new information you provided. if you did not pass the test the first time, an officer must provide you a second opportunity to pass the test within sixty to ninety days after the initial examination. And if you don’t pass any portion of the second interview, this box will be checked. Let’s hope that will never happen to you. Section 3 is the decision that the officer made based on the interview. Sometimes the USCIS officer will give you the conditional approval on the spot and the first box will be checked. If not, the second box will be checked and they’ll have up to 120 days after your interview to make a decision. Section 4 covers some important instructions you need to follow. You need to notify USCIS if your address has changed. Make sure to attend all scheduled interviews. Submit all requested documents if you receive the N-14 form. What you need to do if you want to write the officer with any additional questions after the interview. Attend the scheduled oath ceremony. and notify USCIS as soon as possible if you cannot attend any scheduled interview or oath ceremony. The form concludes the interview. If you have any additional questions, feel free to ask the officer at this point. If not, the officer will escort you back to the waiting area. Remember to thank the officer before you leave. After the interview A few field offices can schedule the oath ceremony on the same day but most of them will send you a notice for a later date. If you pass your interview, you will receive a notice to take the Oath of Allegiance N-445 (Notice at naturalization oath ceremony) with the date time and location of the event. If you get a request for evidence notice (RFE), that means you are missing some information or documentation and the officer cannot make a decision to approve your application. A second interview will be scheduled to review the documents and that will further delay your application. That’s why we strongly suggest you to bring all supporting documents and study and prepare well to pass the test the first time. Oath ceremony The oath ceremony is the final step in becoming a USA citizen. Before a judge, you will recite the Oath of Allegiance out loud. After taking the Oath of Allegiance, your lawful permanent resident card will be taken by USCIS and you will be given a Certificate of Naturalization, Form N-550. The Certificate of Naturalization will serve as your proof of citizenship. You are now officially a US citizen and have all the rights and responsibilities that come with this privilege. Congratulations! Summary 1. Study study study! We have materials on our channel to help you study, so go check them out 2. Review all of the answers on your N-400 application and make sure to notify the officer of any changes after submission. 3. Dress professionally. Business casual.No need to be fancy or too revealing. It shows that you are serious about the application and respect the officer. 4. Arrive 15 to 30 minutes early. 5. Bring the appointment notice and your IDs including passports, driver’s license and green card. 6. Bring all supporting documents. 7. Posture is important. Relax but sit up straight. 8. Smile occasionally and make good eye contact with the interviewer. 9. Speak slowly and clearly 10. You can ask the officer to repeat the question or speak slower if needed. 11. Be truthful. 12. Enjoy the process. this is a big moment in your life. That’s it for today. Hope this helps you. if you have any questions, leave us a comment. Thanks and have a good day!


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    Sesame Howard

    I can't thank you enough for making videos like these! I've been watching and reviewing with the videos for weeks and i've passed! You’ve been such a great help!!

    Questions they've asked me:

    1. What does the Senator represents?
    2. Who is your representative?
    3. Name 2 U.S. Holidays?
    4. What do you pledge when you take the pledge of allegiance?
    5. How many years do we elect the President?
    6. Who makes federal laws?

    Sentence : The White House is in Washington, D.C.

    Goodluck everybody!!!

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    Katerina L

    Thank you for useful content! I have a question. I have a trip that was after the sending of the N-400. Should I show proof of travel dates, a ticket or a boarding pass? Should I remember these dates from memory or can I provide on paper?
    Thank you!

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    Aimin Bara

    Today I had my fingerprint in Oakland, C.A…before I was nervous for nothing, the woman who attended me, she was so kind.

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    Malu Avila

    yo estoy esperando mi segunda oportunidad para la entrevista , la primera entrevista
    la oficial no fue muy amable me entrego mi hoja y marco la falta de entender y hablar ingles, que solo pase la civica, leer y escribir.

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    Ode QUEEN

    Have question:I thought the selective service is between 18 to 26 instead of 18 to 31? .I want to understand thanks

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    Sra, de Basteri

    Un oficial de policía me paró por dar vuelta a la derecha en luz roja, y no estaba permitido, me dio ticket, el cual ya pagué, eso fue hace como 4 años,
    Cuando llenaron mi aplicación, yo no estaba advertida , y se puso que no en esa pregunta , que debo hacer?? Gracias
    Tengo mi cita el 5 de agosto , 2019

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    Sra, de Basteri

    Gracias por contestarme, como consigo el recibo de pago? Eso fue hace 3 o 4 años no tengo comprobante. Sinceramente le agradezco sus respuestas

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    Arif Hussain

    I passed my test today. This vedio help me too much thank you much to make this vedio and upload God bless you and may you live long .

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    Eliane Amazigh

    Hi I’ve made mistakes when I filled n 400 does this can deny my application thanks note that yesterday i submitted my fingerprint thanks a lot

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    Silvia Donch

    Tkank, your video healp me alot, today Agost the 5th l passed my interview, the officer was very nice i was done fast, don't get nervous, relax and believe and yourself study ,study

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    Combattant Mbidi Mutandu

    Iam married in my country. My wife never come into USA. So what iam gonna say in application. Iam not married or what? Please

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    SIHAKA Aboukarim

    Hi! Thank you for this wonderful video. I have interview next week and I just noticed that I switch the answers 23 and 24 on my application, at what time would I notiy tat to the officer please.

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    If you fail one part of the interview,do you get rescheduled for only that part or the whole interview.

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    Maria Salmeron

    Hola tengo un problema en mi mano derecha para escribir porque tengo roto el nervio de mi dedo meñique y me tiembla mucho mi mano para escribir hasta cuando escribo en papel me duele no se como voy hacer para escribir en una tablet y tengo la cita para la otra semana les agradezco cualquier consejo muchas gracias

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    Lissette Aguirre

    Thank you so much for all the information included in the video, this is one of the most important process of my life. I am studing really hard, thank you again.

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    Yanet Efthos

    Wow so far this is the best video I have watched, I have my interview tomorrow 8/13/19..I'm nervous,I hope I pass all of it..thanks for this video 🙏😘

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    Belly Wank

    Is there any way to prove that I paid my tickets without a receipt? Does dmv or traffic violation bureau give you copies or a proof that you paid your tickets?

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    Thank you for the video, very helpful. Can you please give a few steps to be more calm and more comfortable and not feel worried

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    Kareem Jaber

    I have an interview on September, but i'm worried my application get denied because my kids have medicaid, should i hire a lawyer or it won't make a difference either way..please help

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    Karla Viana

    Hola mi entrevista es septiembre 9 .. mi pregunta es en qué parte have you ever se tiene que mencionar los tikets de tránsito .. tengo un tiket pero fue por cámara …y en el caso que el oficial no realiza esa pregunta lo tenemos que mencionar ?? Gracias por su respuesta

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    Pazy Martinez

    Hello, on Agust 13th I passed my interview <3 so happy. However I have a concern. Like 3 days ago, i got a call from a lady saying she was from the citizenship department and wanted to know If I wanted to be in the ceremony for the coming Friday (today) She left a text with some numbers to call back and a link. Which I din't call or click on it. As far as I remember, after the interview, the lady that did the interview told me that I was going to get a letter, not a call or Text. MY question is, Is it possible that they do that, Call or text to see if you can assist? This lady even told me that the Oath ceremony was going to happen at the Dodger's Stadium. Is that possible or is someone just trying to get my information? helppppp

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    Susila Ganesan

    Me and my husband has interview in September on the same date and time.We are seniors.Will they interview both together or each one separate
    We are not familiar to write on tablets.Can we request them to provide paper and pen for writing rest.

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    Mrs Husnain

    I have a question I applied citizenship this year june 2019 and my case completion will be 2020 what questions I have to study bcz they will change civic questions in 2020 I m confuse now plz tell me

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    Co Da

    Thank you for the video, very helpful. I have a question. I have changed my signature after I apply for interview. Do I need to tell them when interview?

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    Siavash Mousavi

    Thank you so much for your video. I need guidance. So my interview is next month and I realized that I missed two things in my form: one employer I worked for like a month and half and also I missed one of my professional memberships in part 12. Question 9B. Also I filed online as single never married but two boxes about my spouse boxes were checked mistakenly and not by me. I guess due to online technical issues. My question is: should I mention these amendments and corrections during my interview or should I send an explanation letter to my field office? I really appreciate the help and looking forward to your response. Thank you in advance.

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    I'm a male and I arrived to the US when I was 30 years old. Should I bring a proof of the registration in selection service to the interview?

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