If you have successfully attempted the interview and test, you may have a chance to know about the decision. While, if the officer couldn’t decide on approval or rejection of the application, he/she may require additional evidence which you did not provide earlier. Lastly, if USCIS rejected your application, they will provide the actual reason for the denial, and you have an option to appeal or file a new application.

Exemptions & Accommodations for U.S. Citizenship Test

There are following exemptions and modifications to the naturalization requirements available to specific individuals who qualify.

  • English Language Exemptions: Some people don’t need to attempt an English test if they meet 50/20 or 55/15 criteria’
  • The 50/20 Exemption: 50 years old and green card holders for more than 20 years are exempted from the English test.
  • The 55/15 Exemption: 55 years old and green card holders for more than 15 years are exempted from the English test.
  • Civics Test Accommodations: If you qualify for the “50/20” or “55/15” English language exemptions listed above, you will be permitted to take the civics test in your native language.

Exemptions for Individuals with Disabilities or Impairments

In case of physical or developmental disability or mental impairment, you may qualify for an exemption to certain parts of the naturalization test. To avail the exemption, you must submit an original Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, at the time of filing Form N-400. Form N-648 must have been prepared by a licensed medical or osteopathic doctor or licensed clinical psychologist.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is an A-File?

Ans: Every green cardholder has an “Alien Registration Number,” also called A-File, that USCIS uses to track their immigration history. A-File contains records of all communications and interactions between you, USCIS, and other government agencies.

How early should I arrive at my naturalization interview?

Ans: You must reach the venue at least 15-20 minutes before the interview. Please don’t be late, it can create a negative impression about your personality and behavior, and USCIS could decide to close your case file. Give yourself some extra time; try to avoid last moment arrival. You need time to find parking, navigate a new building and get through security.

What should I wear for the interview and test?

Ans: There is no formal dress requirement for U.S. citizenship interviews and tests. You may wear business casual but look professional. You should avoid wearing jeans, shorts, and t-shirts. While women can wear a nice collar shirt or blouse. It’s your choice but try to wear something comfortable.

What if I don’t pass the civics portion of the naturalization test?

Ans: You have only two chances to attempt the civics test. You must have to answer 6 out of 10 questions correctly. If you can’t pass on the first attempt, the interview will stop, and you have to reappear on another day (within the next 90 days).

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