How many amendments does the Constitution have? What is the “rule of law”?
If you are one of the thousands seeking permanent entry into the United States, then you’ll want to know the answer to these questions and a whole lot more.
To become a citizen of the U.S. is the dream of many, but the process is neither quick nor simple. However, it is possible with the right information and the correct motives.
We’ve broken down the steps to American citizenship here.
U.S. Citizenship Unpacked
Before applying for U.S. citizenship, you must have been legally residing in the U.S. for at least five years. You will also have either friends and family as a social support structure and a job or a business.
Citizenship is not the same as permanent residence which gives you the right to live and work in the U.S. but does not automatically make you a citizen. A Green Card application is, however, an important step in the process.
The Citizenship Test itself consists of two parts: an English test and a Civics test. The purpose of these is obvious; you must speak the language of the country in which you reside. Of course, knowing and understanding the history and culture of your chosen country of residence just makes sense.
The English Test
If English isn’t your first language, then the best thing you can do is immerse yourself in it. Watch English TV shows and make friends with English-speaking people.
To pass the test, you will need to demonstrate that you can read, write, and speak basic English. Once you have passed this test you can move on to the Civics test.
The Civics Test
This is a little trickier and involves the interviewer asking you 20 questions about the history, politics, culture, or geography of the U.S.
The pass rate is 60% so you will need to answer 12 of your questions correctly. If you don’t pass, you are given another opportunity, but failing a second time will, unfortunately, take the option of citizenship off the table.
Preparation is key for these tests but practice tests and sample questions have been supplied to give you an idea of what to expect.
Do You Want to Become a Citizen?
The first step in your exciting journey to U.S. citizenship is to check that you qualify as several situations may apply to you. Thereafter, it’s your responsibility to learn as much as you can about your new country and embrace the ideals that brought you to the U.S. shores to become a citizen.
Be sure to maintain a clean criminal record, pay your taxes on time, and work hard to be a good neighbor and support to all. That way you can look forward to a happy and fruitful life as a U.S. citizen.
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