The interview is an important part of becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen. During the interview, an officer with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will ask you questions about yourself and your application. You will also take tests in English and on American history and government.
The officer will also ask you to give them several documents. It is important that you bring these documents with you to the appointment. These include:
- The interview appointment notice you received in the mail
- Your green card or other proof of your green card status
- Your driver’s license or another state-issued ID if you do not have a license
- If you have left the U.S. since becoming a permanent resident, bring your current passport and any expired ones. Also bring other travel documents issued to you related to those trips out of the country.
- Proof of your current marriage (if you are married) or proof of termination of prior marriages (if any)
- Proof of termination of your spouse’s prior marriage (if any)
- Proof of official name change, if you changed your name
You should also make sure to study for the tests ahead of time. The English test includes sections on reading, writing and speaking. The civics test includes questions about American history and how the government works.
Help with preparing for the naturalization interview
As long as you prepare, your naturalization interview should go well. An immigration attorney can help you get ready. Your lawyer will let you know what to expect during the interview and help you get your documents organized.