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How Can I Prepare for My Naturalization Interview?

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Illinois immigration lawyerIf you are getting ready to go through the naturalization process, congratulations—you have probably been waiting for this moment for many years! Despite the normal feeling of nervousness you may have, remember that more than seven million foreign nationals have become American citizens in the past 10 years and they had to go through the same process as you.

With the help of an experienced Illinois immigration attorney, you can get through your naturalization interview and start your new life as an American citizen. Here are a few tips to help you prepare.

Know What to Expect

At your naturalization interview, a USCIS employee will ask you many questions. These usually include questions about your background, who you are as a person, how you feel about America, where you live, and more. You may be asked about recent travels outside the United States or crimes you have committed. You will be briefly tested on your English skills and your knowledge of American civics (government and history). Sometimes interviews are recorded - this does not mean that you have done anything wrong, but rather that the interview may be used for training new USCIS employees.

Prepare for the English Test

Part of the interview is showing that you speak English. If you do not understand a question the USCIS employee is asking you, do not worry - you can ask them to repeat it or to say it in a different way. You will also be tested on your reading, writing, and speaking skills. While the English is fairly basic, the more you can study and prepare, the better you will feel and perform on the day of your interview.

Dress the Part

Naturalization is an important step, and your dress and style should show that this process is important to you. While you do not need to wear anything fancy, you should be clean and neat in your appearance. If you have a suit or a modest dress, this is a great time to wear it.

Approval, Denial, Continuation

Depending on the results of the interview, you may get your approval right away. However, USCIS has 120 days to make a decision. If they need more information or you did not pass part of the citizenship test, you may have your application continued. Your attorney can help you understand the results of the test and what you need to do next if you are not approved.

Call an Illinois Naturalization Attorney

If you are getting ready for the naturalization process, make sure you have the help of an experienced team of Illinois immigration attorneys on your side. At Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, we know what it takes to make it successfully through the naturalization interview and will help you on your path to becoming an American citizen. Call us today at 630-932-9100 to schedule a free consultation.

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