US Immigration and the American Citizens Test

Those who want to become citizens of the United States must first go through a lot since the immigration process involved is quite difficult and processing times are long. Add to this the fact that not everyone is eligible for citizenship. United States citizenship is not granted to a lot of people.

If you want a shot at becoming a citizen of the United States, you must first be familiar with how one can apply through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). There are several immigration forms and supporting documents that a foreign national applying for citizenship must fill out and file.

All the above must be taken seriously if you want to successfully gain citizenship. Additionally, to make things simpler, it is important to seek legal help from an experienced New Jersey immigration attorney.

This article will cover:

  • Lawful Permanent Residence and Your Citizenship Application
  • Rights and Responsibilities and US Citizenship
  • The US Citizens Test
  • Qualifying for Citizenship

Lawful Permanent Residence and Your Citizenship Application

A citizenship application requires at least five years of lawful permanent resident status, with the aspiring US citizen being physically present for at least half of this period and not spending more than a continuous year in his or her home country (or anywhere outside the United States).

Given this requirement, it can be assumed that an immigrant who has become a permanent resident cardholder is probably familiar with how an application process with the USCIS works. However, while getting a permanent residency is undeniably difficult, having citizenship papers approved is more challenging in certain aspects.

Rights and Responsibilities and US Citizenship

While immigrants who become permanent residents enjoy certain privileges. Being able to obtain citizenship will enable one to travel abroad and reside abroad with fewer restrictions. Additionally, United States citizens enjoy the right to vote in elections and can make use of family immigration laws to process immigrant visas of alien family members. Relatives of a citizen of the United States have a higher chance to immigrate and, eventually, even qualify for citizenship as well.

Given all these advantages, seeking citizenship status involves a stringent screening process. On top of the immigration forms you are to submit to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, one must always prepare for what is called the US citizenship test. A reliable New Jersey immigration attorney can explain these in detail.

The US Citizens Test

Those seeking citizenship must be able to pass this test that is composed of two parts. It generally includes a variety of topics spread across several questions. Understanding the different portions of the test (English and Civics) and preparing for these can be difficult for most people. It is, however, not impossible to get a passing score.

The first part is composed of an English test. This portion aims to assess the ability of the aspiring United States citizen to speak, read, and write in the English language. The second part, meanwhile, is composed of a Civics test. This portion aims to evaluate whether an applicant obtaining citizenship has sufficient knowledge of United States history and government. The US citizenship test is often administered the same day as one’s citizenship interview. It might help to know that an applicant is given two chances to take the said test.

In general, all aspiring citizens of the United States are required to take and pass both portions of the test. Certain individuals, however, could qualify for exemptions. Certain groups of applicants may be exempt based on age or specific medical conditions, among other factors stated in relevant immigration law.

Qualifying for Citizenship

Aside from having legal permanent resident status (for a minimum number of years) and passing the citizenship test, there are other citizenship requirements that one must meet.

An individual who is 18 years old or above may apply for citizenship and may eventually become a citizen in the United States if he or she exhibits good moral character. He or she must also be willing to take an oath of allegiance and state his or her belief in the principles of the US Constitution. Regardless of your immigration status, experienced New Jersey immigration attorneys can help you every step of the way.

For any questions on the citizenship test, how to prepare, what types of questions to expect, or what to anticipate after completing this part of the citizenship process, give us a call. Contact our New Jersey immigration attorney at Andres Mejer Law for a consultation.

Share This Post!

Related Posts

Call Us Today!

New Jersey Immigration Attorney

We're here 24/7.
Call Now!

Eatontown, NJ


286 RT 35
Unit D
Eatontown, NJ 07724


Lakewood, NJ


212 2nd Street
Suite 104
Lakewood, NJ 08701


Newark, NJ


50 Park Place
Suite #1101
Newark, NJ 07102


Edison, NJ


1929 NJ-27
Edison, NJ 08817


1065 US-22 Suite 2B
Bridgewater Township, NJ 08807


Freehold, NJ


36 W Main St, Suite 302,
Freehold, NJ 07728


Copyright 2022 Provencher and Flatt, LLP - All Rights Reserved. Powered by Advantage Attorney Marketing & Cloud Solutions

Free Deportation Risk Assessment

Where you ever caught at by immigration and returned to your country? (¿Dónde alguna vez te pilló inmigrando y regresaste a tu país?)*

Have you ever been arrested for any reason? (¿Alguna vez te han arrestado por alguna razón?)*

How many times have been arrested? (¿Cuántas veces han sido arrestados?)*

Were you arrested for any of the following reasons? (Check all that apply) (¿Te arrestaron por alguna de las siguientes razones?)

Have you ever filed for an immigration benefit and been denied? (¿Alguna vez ha presentado un beneficio de inmigración y se le ha negado?)*

Have you entered the US illegally more than once after 1997? (¿Ha entrado ilegalmente en los Estados Unidos más de una vez después de 1997?)*

Do you owe back child support? (¿Debes manutención infantil?)*

Arrested in New Jersey

Request Your Free Copy

Solicite su copia gratuita

Immigration Book

Request Your Free Copy

Solicite su copia gratuita

Immigration Attorney

Request Your Free Copy

Solicite su copia gratuita

Find Out Immediately If You Qualify for Legal Status


Your privacy is important to us. We will keep the information you provide strictly confidential. We only use your information to determine if you may be eligible for immigration benefits in the United States. The information we provide should not be construed as legal advice and submission of this form does not create an attorney/client relationship.

Ingrese la siguiente información para aceptar los términos y condiciones.

Enter the following information to accept the terms and conditions.

Start Here!

Información Personal / Personal Information


Idioma Preferido*

Preferred Language

Fecha Nacimiento*

Date of Birth

Pais de Nacimiento*

Country of Birth

Entradas a las EEUU / Entries into the US


Fecha Entrada*

Date of Entry

Entrada Legal*

Did you enter legally?



¿Tiene usted padres, conyuge o hijos mayores de 21 anos,Que ha estado o esta en las fuerzas armadas Americanas?*

Do you have a parent, spouse, or child over 21 who is or was in the US military?

¿Tiene usted padres,conyuge o hijos mayores de 21 anos, ciudadanos Americanos o residentes permanentes?*

Do you have a parent, spouse, or child over 21 who is a US citizen or lawful permanent resident?

¿Ha tenido usted, sus padres o sus abuelos un estado legal en los EEUU?*

Did you, your parents, or your grandparents ever have legal status in the U.S.?

¿Esta considerando matrimonio con us ciudadano Americano o residente permanente? ( mismo sexo incluido)*

Are you considering marriage to a US citizen or green card holder (same-sex marriage included)?



¿Alguien ha peticionado a su favor por motivos de inmigración?*

Has anyone ever filed an immigration petition for you before?

¿Ha sido usted deportado o esta usted en procedimiento de deportación ahora?*

Have you ever been deported or are you in deportation proceedings now?

Ha sido abusado por sus padres, conyuge o hijo mayor de edad?*

Has your parent, spouse, or adult child been abusive to you?

¿Si es asi, fue previo a Abril 30 del 2001?*

If so, was it before April 30, 2001?



¿Fue usted, conyuge, sus padres, pareja o sus hijos victimas de de un crimen violento en los EEUU?*

Were you, your parents, siblings, spouse, partner, or children a victim of a violent crime in the US?

¿Es usted menor de 21 años y soltero?*

Are you under 21 and not married?

¿Tiene usted un padre, conyuge o hijo menor de 15 anos con requerimientos especiales médicos (dificultades de estudio, alergias severas, asma u otra condición medica severa)?*

Do you have a parent, spouse, or child under 15 with medical or special needs (learning disability, severe allergies or asthma, or other serious medical condition)?

¿Fue usted maltratado, abusado o abandonado por sus padres?*

Did your parents mistreat, abuse, or abandon you?



¿Tenia usted 30 anos o menos en Junio, 15, 2012?*

Were you 30 years or under on June 15, 2012?

¿Tenía usted 15 años o menos en su primera entrada en los EEUU?*

Were you 15 years old or younger on your first entry into the US?

Click below now to see if you qualify!

¡Haga clic abajo ahora para ver si califica!

New Jersey Immigration Attorney

Get Instant Access

Enter your name and email address below to get instant access.

New Jersey Immigration Attorney

¡Obtenga acceso instantáneo ahora!

Ingrese su nombre y dirección de correo electrónico a continuación