The Long Road
Since the terrorist attacks of “9/11” the road to the U.S. Citizenship Interview for many immigrants has become an even longer one. In the years following the attacks it was not uncommon to wait 18 months for a citizenship interview appointment from the time of application. Nowadays the process is still taking roughly six to 12 months.
Future citizens are held to higher standards than current citizens as they have not yet earned the legal rights of a naturalized U.S. Citizen. Most will get rejected and/or deported for having a criminal felony conviction, and even possibly for a more serious misdemeanor charge (related to drugs, alcohol or violence.)
Rejected Becasue of Traffic Violations
In fact, there has even been a case of a man rejected simply because he commited too many continuous traffic violations! However, most cases are not that extreme.
A Typical Citizenship Interview
A typical citizenship interview would go something like this:
- You are called in to meet the Immigration Officer
- You are asked to swear to tell the truth
- You may be asked very detailed questions about your past, and will most likely be asked anything having to do with previous marriages, criminal violations, travel outside of the country and taxes.
- You will be asked a series of citizenship question of which you must answer six out of 10 correctly
- You will be asked to write a short simple sentence in English. (and sometimes to read it out loud)
- Upon completion you may be told that you passed right on the spot, or you may be told to wait for a “decision” letter in the mail. (this is usually just procedural)
Prior to the steps above, there is still an extensive and quite long checklist of “to-do” items and preparation that come before the citizenship interview. We will list those items in detail in our next post so stay tuned.
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