Welcome back to our channel. The purpose of this video is to simulate an actual US citizenship interview. I will be the Immigration Officer who interviews you and you will be the applicant. I will ask a question and then pause to give you time to answer the question. You can turn on the subtitles if you need help. The subtitles will also include sample answers during the pause. Are you ready? Let’s get started. N-400 USA Citizenship Simulated Interview Version 1 hi I’m Officer Wilson.
I’ll be conducting your interview today. How are you doing? Great. Thank you for asking. Before we start the interview, I’ll need to place you under oath. Please remain standing and raise your right hand. Do you promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? Yes. I promise. What did you just promise? I promised to tell the truth. Thank you. Please take a seat. Thank you. First, I need to take your picture and your fingerprints. Please look at the camera. (Look at the camera with a neutral expression.) Thank you. Please put your left index finger on the scanner. (Put your left index finger on the scanner.) Thanks. Now your right index finger. (Put your right index finger on the scanner.) Thank you. Let’s start the interview. Are you ready? Yes. I am ready. Do you have any questions before we begin? No. I don’t. How did you get here today? I drove here today. Okay. Why do you want to become an American citizen? I believe in the form of government in the U.S. and I would like to vote. How are you eligible to become a US citizen? I am over 18 years old and I have been married to a US citizen for 3 years. Okay. Can you please show me your passport, green card, and state issued ID? Sure. Here you go.
(Give all documents to the Officer.) Great. Thank you. What is your current legal name? (Tell Officer your full name on your green card.) Can you spell your family name for me
please? (Spell your last name out for the Officer.) Is the name on your permanent resident
card the same as your legal name? Yes. They are.
(If the names on the documents are different, explain to the Officer why they are different.) Have you used any other names? (Mention any nicknames, aliases, maiden names you used.) Do you want to legally change your name? No. I want to keep my name.
OR: Yes. I would like to change my name. What would you like to change it to? I would like to change my name to… (the name you want on your naturalization certificate). Okay. When did you become a permanent resident? I became a permanent lawful resident on … (the date on your green card). and what is your date of birth? I was born on … (your birthday and year). and what is your country of birth? I was born in … (the country you were born). and what is your current country of nationality? I am … (the country where you currently hold a passport). Are you requesting any accommodations because of a disability? No. I am not.
OR: Yes. I am because I am .. (your disability). What is your present home address? My current address is … (the address of where you live now). How long have you lived at your current
home address? I have lived here for the past … (number of years / months). What is your previous home address? My previous address was… (address of where you used to live before your current address). Has your address changed since you
submitted your application? No. It has not. What is your phone number with the area
code? My phone number is … (your phone number). How do you support yourself? I have a full-time job.
OR: I am self-employed.
OR: My spouse works full-time. And where do you work? I work at … (name of the company you work at). How long have you been working there? I have been working there since … (year e.g. 2015).
OR: About … (number of years/months). Where did you work before that? I work at … (the company that you worked before your current job) before that. And what do you do? I am a … (your job title). Have you taken any trips outside of the
United States during the past five years? Yes. I have taken several trips. And how many trips have you taken during the past five years? I have taken … (number of trips that are over 24hrs) trips. How many total days did you spend outside the U.S.? I spent a total of … (total number of days that are over 24hrs) days. Tell me about your latest trip. When did you leave? I left the U.S. on … (date and year). And when did you return to the U.S.? I came back on .. (date and year). Where did you go? I went to .. (country you visited). And what was the purpose of the visit? (Give the reason for your trip. e.g.
I went there for vacation.
OR: I went to visit my family
OR: It was a business trip.) Did you visit any other places during
that trip? No.
OR: Yes. I also visited … (country you visited). Okay. What is your current marital status? I am single.
OR: I am married.
OR: I am divorced. How many times have you been married? Once only.
OR: I have been married … (number of times you married someone including the current marriage). And what is your spouse’s name? His/Her name is … (name of your current husband / wife). Is your spouse a U.S. citizen? No. He/She is not.
OR: Yes. He/She was born a U.S. citizen.
OR: Yes. He/She got his/her citizenship in .. (year). How did you meet? e.g. We met through a mutual friend.
OR: We met at church. When were you married? We married in .. (year). Where did you get married? We married in … (city or country you got married e.g. Los Angeles or Canada). Can you show me your marriage
certificate? Sure. Here it is.
(Provide the Officer your original marriage certificate. If the marriage certificate is in a different language, get it translated and notarized.) Does your spouse live with you now? Yes. He/She lives with me. Has your spouse been living with you for
the past three years? Yes. He/she has.
(If he/she hasn’t been, you need to provide a good explanation to the Officer and supporting documentation.) Do you have any joint properties? Yes. We own a car together and have joint banking accounts. ( make sure to bring supporting documents such as deed, car insurance, bank statements or joint tax returns.) Do you have any children? Yes. I have …(number of child/children).
(You need to include children from your previous relationship and your stepchildren.) what are your children’s names? (Names of your child/children) And when were they born? (Birthday and year for each child.) Where do they live? They live with me.
OR: They live with my ex-husband/wife.
OR: They live in … (city/country). Are they US citizens? Yes. They are born here.
OR: No. They are .. (country of nationality). What are your children the relationship
to you? They are my biological children.
OR: They are my stepchildren.
OR: They were adopted by me. Okay. Let’s move on to the next section. Have you ever claimed to be a U.S. citizen? No. I have not. Have you ever voted in a U.S. election? No. I have not but I would like to when I become a citizen. Do you have any title of nobility in a foreign country? No. I don’t. Have you ever been declared legally incompetent? No. Never. Do you know what legally incompetent means? It means you can’t make decisions for yourself because you have mental problems. Okay. Have you ever failed to file your
taxes or owe any taxes? No. I file and pay my taxes every year.
(Bring your tax returns to the interview.) Do you belong to any groups or organizations? Yes. I am a member of my local church. And how long have you been a member? I have been a member since … (year). Have you ever been a member of the Communist Party? No. Never. Have you ever worked in a prison or jail? No. I haven’t. Have you ever advocated to overthrow any government either by force or violence? No. I have never done that. Have you ever stopped someone from
practicing his or her religion? No. Have you ever been arrested or committed a crime? No. Never. Have you ever had a DUI (Drive under the influence of alcohol i.e. drunk driving)? No. Have you ever married someone to get an immigration benefit? No. Never. Have you ever been a habitual drunkard? No. Do you support the Constitution and form a government of the United States? Yes. I do. What is the Constitution? It is the supreme law of the land. Do you understand the full Oath of
Allegiance to the United States? Yes. I do. What is the Oath of Allegiance? I promise to be loyal to the United States. Are you willing to take the full Oath of
Allegiance to the United States? Yes. I am willing to. Are you willing to bear arms on behalf the United States? Yes. I am. Thank you. Give me a minute to update your application. (The Officer is updating your application with the latest information you provided to her.) Okay good. I’ve made some changes based on your answers. Please review this and make sure everything looks correct. (Review all the details on the tablet to make sure everything is correct.)
Yes. They are correct. Please sign on the tablet to confirm that everything you said is true and all of the information you’ve submitted is
accurate. (Sign on the tablet.) Please sign and date here to confirm your willingness and ability to take the Oath of Allegiance. (Sign and date on the tablet.) Okay, great. Thank you. Shall we do the reading and writing test? Yes. I am ready. Please read out loud line number one for me. (Read the sentence out loud for the Officer.) Good. Now, I need you to write this down for me on the tablet. The President lives in Washington D.C. (Write down the sentence on the tablet.) Excellent. You’ve passed the reading and writing tests. Are you ready for the history and government portion? Yes. I am ready. First question. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution? The Bill of Rights. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy? Vote and run for office. Name one state that borders Canada. New York. What is the capital of your state? My state capital is … (your state capital). What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did? Freed the slave. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted? July 4, 1776. Great. That’s six. You’ve passed the civics test also. Thank you so much. Congratulations! Since you’ve passed the test and met all of the requirements, I’m submitting your application for approval. Here’s a copy of your test result. If there are no other issues, you will get a notice in the mail regarding your oath ceremony date. Do you have any questions at this point? No. Thank you very much. Great. Then I’ll bring you back to the customer service area. End of Interview That’s it. We hope this helps you. Remember, practice makes perfect. Watch this video several times until you are comfortable with the questions and the format. Good luck!