Southfield (CW50) – When becoming a US Citizen, immigrants must go through a process set by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. This process includes a civics test, written in English and made up of 100 questions. The civics test is an oral test, and the USCIS Officer will ask the applicant up to 10 of the 100 civics questions. An applicant must answer 6 out of 10 questions correctly to pass the civics portion of the naturalization test. After passing the test, there is a naturalization interview.

U.S. Citizenship Test (Courtesy of USCIS)

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There are 10 steps needed to move forward with naturalizations: Detailed description can be found here.

  1. Determine if you are already a US citizen  
  2. Determine if you are eligble to become a US citizen
  3. Prepare your Form N-400
  4. Submit Form N-400 and pay your fees
  5. Go to a biometrics appointment, if applicable 
  6. Complete the interview  
  7. Receive a decision from USCIS on your N-400  
  8. Receive a notice to take the Oath of Allegiance  
  9. Take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States  
  10. Understanding US citizenship  

Community Connect Host Jackie Paige, with Ana Santiago, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

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Ana Santiago, a Public Affairs Officer for USCIS, joins Jackie Paige on Community Connect to talk about the process of becoming a U.S. Citizen and what the benefits are of full citizenship vs. remaining in the country on a Green Card.

You can learn more about U.S. Citizenship at USCIS.gov.

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