Immigration to US is a complex issue!Yes it is complex for those who do not understand the language and system in US. It is therefore important to have a thorough knowledge about the English language and the history of US,since the USCIS insists on an English test for those who migrate to US.
While applying for U.S. citizenship through naturalization, the USCIS administers an immigration test to all the applicants. This is a test to manifest the ability of reading, writing and speaking English and further judging the knowledge about the history and the government of the US .
After filing the US citizenship Application, form N-400, USCIS will send an appointment letter for fingerprinting. The applicant will be requested to appear at the local Application Support Center at the date and time listed on the appointment letter. After the back ground check USCIS will notify the applicant about the date, time and place of the interview. At the interview, the applicant will be given the immigration test. If the applicant passes the test he/she will receive a notification in the mail informing him or her to appear at a Naturalization Oath ceremony. At the ceremony, the applicant will take on oath of allegiance, receive a Citizenship certificate or naturalization certificate, and become a citizen of the U.S.
Immigration Test Questions:
Immigration test is your ability to read, write, and speak English and your knowledge of civics. This test is conducted by the USCIS officer during the interview. To test your reading skills, you will have to read one sentence correctly among the three and to test your writing skills you have to write one sentence correctly among the three sentences provided. Regarding your speaking skills, it will be judged during your interview on your citizenship application, the way you converse with the officials. Lastly, to judge your civics knowledge, you have to answer six questions correctly from the ten provided, so as to pass the test.
You will be given two chances in the above tests, both in English and civics tests and to answer all questions relating to your naturalization application in English. At your initial interview, if you fail in the above test, you will have to undergo a retest between 60 and 90 days from the date of your initial interview on the part you failed, either in English or in Civics.
All applicants are required to take the English language test and the Civics test, unless he/she qualifies for an exemption or waiver. Further if the applicant is above 50 years of age and he/she meets certain residency requirements, he/she does not have to take the whole immigration test but only the civics test in his language of choice and if the immigrant is more than 65 years of age he/she does not have to take the English test but should take a simpler version of the civics test in his language of choice
The main idea of the immigration test is to ensure that the applicant has adequate knowledge about the recent news and the US government. To get through the test, applicants can update themselves with information from newspapers, articles and books about history and prepare well ahead for the Immigration INS test.