After a lawful permanent resident (LPR) has met all the requirements to become a U.S. citizen, he/she can apply for naturalization. There are a number of things an individual will be required to do before the application process is complete. Aside from submitting a completed N-400, Application for Naturalization, and paying the applicable fees, they will also need to participate in an interview. For those who qualify to apply for naturalization, they may be wondering what happens during this interview and how they can prepare for it.
The Naturalization Interview
The naturalization interview serves as a way for a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer to determine if an applicant is eligible for U.S. citizenship. When an applicant arrives for the interview, USCIS says they can expect the officer to “explain the purpose of the naturalization examination and place the applicant under oath.” Once that is done, the officer will begin the interview and ask questions that pertain to the information found in the naturalization application. USCIS says the officer “should provide the applicant with suitable opportunities to respond to questions in all instances.”
Sample Questions that May Be Asked During the Naturalization Interview
The USCIS officer who is assigned to conduct an applicant’s interview may ask questions that center around the following:
- Biographical information such as marital history.
- The length of time the applicant resided in the U.S. as a LPR.
- Any absences from the U.S. after the applicant became an LPR.
- Places of residence and the applicant’s employment history.
- The applicant’s knowledge of English, U.S. history, and government.
- The applicant’s moral character and any criminal history they might have.
- Any affiliations or memberships the applicant might have with certain organizations.
- The applicant’s “attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution.
- Other topics that relate to the eligibility determination.
It is worth noting that the list of topics outlined above are only some of those that might be discussed during the naturalization interview. A lawful permanent resident should consult with an Atlanta, GA immigration attorney if they wish to learn more about the questions that may be asked during their interview.
Preparing for the Naturalization Interview
If a naturalization applicant wants to be sure they are ready for their interview, they should contact Kuck | Baxter Immigration. The Atlanta, GA immigration attorneys at Kuck | Baxter Immigration can help an applicant prepare for the interview which can help increase their chances of passing it and obtaining citizenship. Those who have had their application for naturalization denied should also contact an attorney to find out what can be done to get the issue resolved.
To schedule a time to speak with an immigration attorney, call 404-816-8611.
Kuck | Baxter Immigration can be reached at:
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Atlanta, GA 30350