How to Prepare for US Citizenship Interview and Oath Ceremony

Written by J. Hirby and Fact Checked by The Law Dictionary Staff  

United States Citizenship has many attractive features and benefits for people around the world. It is important that immigrants carefully prepare for the interview and oath in order to receive approval. Here is how to prepare for the US citizenship interview and oath ceremony.

Prepare for Good Interview

In order to qualify for your US Citizenship Interview, you must submit the Form N-400. Make sure you are very careful with all your answers, because this will be the information used for the core of the interview by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) agent. You will receive your naturalization appointment notice with the time and place for your interview.

Dress nicely, bring your photo ID card, some passport photographs and be prepared to be fingerprinted when you pass through the security checkpoint of the USCIS office. Get there early, you might be waiting for awhile. This is part of the process – anything valuable requires sacrifice. Wait for your name to be called.

You might be interviewed by one or two agents during this process. It all depends on the office. You will be required to swear to tell the truth during the interview. The USCIS officer will go over your Form N-400 with you to verify the accuracy. If you have had any social changes, make sure you inform the officer. A divorce or crime could have negative effects on your ability to get citizenship.

Testing Your English Skills

While the officer is confirming the accuracy of your information, he or she will also be assessing your English-speaking skills. If you do not understand the question, you can ask the officer to repeat or rephrase it. You will be asked to write a sentence in English.

Generally, you will be given a list of 100 questions about American history ahead of time. When you answer 6 out of 10 correct during the interview, you pass.

Oath Ceremony

The USCIS will send you a document for approval or rejection of your citizenship. If you are approved, you will receive date, time and place for your oath ceremony. The swearing-in ceremony can be at a court or USCIS office. Make copies of your Green Card. You will need to bring it to the oath ceremony and turn it in.

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