As a nation of immigrants one would expect that most citizens of the U.S. would understand the immigration process. Oddly, this is not the case. Many citizens born in the United States do not even know that an immigration test exists; those immigrating to America often do, but are unsure what is included and how best to prepare. Our Philadelphia immigration lawyers provide some insight into this matter.
What is the Immigration Test and How Does One Prepare for it?
The proper name for the immigration test is the naturalization test. It is required by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service. The test consists of a combination of the naturalization interview, an English test, and a civics test. To become a naturalized citizen of the United States of America, an applicant must pass all tests.
The English Test
The English test contains questions related to reading, writing, and speaking English. The applicant is presented with three sentences. One sentence must be read aloud and one must be written out of the three to pass. Some applicants may receive a waiver of this test. An immigrant aged 50 who has held a green card (permanent resident status card) for at least 20 years or those 55 who have held the same for 15 years may claim an exemption.
The Civics Test
In some cases the civics test may be administered in the applicant’s native language. However, the applicant must provide an interpreter for the interview and the test.
The civics test contains 100 questions from which 10 will be selected for the test. To pass, an applicant for naturalization must get six out of 10 questions correct. The 100 questions cover various topics, including American principles, rights, and systems.
Preparation for both tests requires an understanding of terms common to the governance of the United States of America.
Upon passing the immigration (naturalization) test, there is one final thing to complete: the oath of allegiance. The applicant will be notified of the time and place for a ceremony during which other naturalized citizens will be present. Those in attendance will swear an oath to the United States before witnesses and permanent resident cards will be surrendered. If anyone has lost their card or for any reason never had one issued, proof of the reason must be provided at the time of the ceremony.
Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. Help for Those Seeking Naturalization
Philadelphia immigration lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C help those seeking naturalization. Part of the process is the immigration test. We can help clients preparing for this test. From our office in Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout the United States. We provide a confidential consultation about your case, and we can be contacted online or by phone at 215-925-4435.