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Need help preparing for the naturalization process?

The circumstances by which you entered Texas may be similar or vastly different from those of other immigrants in your community. If you happen to be one of many people whose ultimate goal is to successfully navigate the naturalization process, you might be feeling excited yet nervous at the same time. Thorough preparation is definitely a key factor toward accomplishing your goals.

It's also a good idea to build a strong support network from the start. If you have friends or family members who have already become U.S. citizens, they can likely make recommendations as to what you should or should not do as you prepare for your citizenship test.

Can you read, write, speak and understand English?

Learning a new language can be quite challenging. If you hope to become a U.S. citizen, you must show that you can read, write, speak and understand English. This doesn't mean you must speak with no accent at all or that you aren't allowed to make a mistake when pronouncing a particular word. 

It does mean, however, that you will have to show that you can write sentences correctly in English for your test. You'll want to spend time studying vocabulary lists ahead of time. A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services official will interview you at some point. During this interview, he or she will pay close attention to your ability to communicate in English.

Know your U.S. history facts

Even people who have been born and raised in Texas or some other state may not know everything there is to now about U.S. history. However, if you hope to become a U.S. citizen, you must show that you have a good understanding of basic events that have transpired in the past that were significant to the development of the United States and function of its government.

There may be as many as 100 questions on the civics portion of your naturalization test although your interviewer may ask you a mere 10 or so questions.

If a legal status problem arises

It's not uncommon for legal complications to arise between the time you begin to study to take a U.S. citizenship test and the time that you complete the process, which will hopefully be at a ceremony where you take an oath and are awarded a certificate of citizenship.

Most Texas immigrants ask experienced immigration law attorneys to provide guidance and support if they encounter challenges that place their legal statuses at risk while living in the United States.

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