What Does the USCIS Interview Entail?


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At the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services interview, the USCIS officer verifies information on the written application and discusses any changes in the applicant's status since submitting the forms, reports Nolo. Additionally, an officer tests most applicants on their English language ability and knowledge of U.S. civics, states U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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When the interview begins, a USCIS officer has the applicant swear to tell the truth, according to Nolo. The officer then asks questions based on the applicant's written application, especially Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, to verify the information is correct and assess the applicant's ability to speak English. The officer inquires about any changes that could impact the application such as the applicant divorcing the green card sponsor or being recently arrested.

During the interview, a USCIS officer asks the applicant a number of questions on U.S. civics, explains Nolo. If the applicant does not answer enough civics questions correctly, the interview is terminated and rescheduled. At the end of the interview, the officer approves or denies the application. If the application is approved, the officer arranges a swearing-in ceremony, and if the application is denied, the applicant may appeal or submit a new application.

Applicants age 50 or older who have lived in the United States for at least 20 years, or applicants 55 or older who have been U.S. residents for at least 15 years, are exempt from the English language requirement, although they must still pass the civics test, notes U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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