Taking the U.S. citizenship test and Requirements for U.S. citizenship


There are many benefits in becoming a U.S. citizen, for example, the ability to vote, work and live in America. While a permanent resident status will allow you to live and work among U.S. citizens, gaining a U.S. citizenship will ultimately give you a greater sense of pride and belonging.

Finding out the Requirements for U.S. citizenship and taking the U.S. citizenship test

Before applying for U.S. citizenship and actually taking the U.S. citizenship test, there are many requirements for U.S. citizenship that need to be met. While there are many ways one can become a U.S. citizen, we will be focusing on gaining citizenship through permanent resident status.

As a permanent resident you may apply to obtain the citizenship by meeting the following U.S. citizenship requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must have been lawfully admitted to U.S. for permanent residency
  • You must lawfully reside in the U.S. for at least 5 years and remain physically present
    - note that absences between the period of 6-12 months will hinder eligibility
  • You must be of good moral conduct within the 5-year period or 3 years if married to U.S. citizen and 1- year for Armed Forces personal on the date of your U.S. citizenship application.
  • You must show commitment to the principles of the constitution of the United States.
  • You must be able to read, write, speak and understand basic English language.
  • You must be able to take the Oath of Allegiance to the U.S. and its constitution.

After meeting all the above requirements for U.S. citizenship your will also be required to demonstrate your knowledge of U.S. history and its government by taking and passing a U.S. citizenship test.

Studying and preparing for a U.S. Citizenship Test

Before taking this test you will need to learn about U.S. history and its system of government. You will be tested on the subject of U.S. history which will include important dates, events and people in the U.S. history. You should be able to answers these questions and those alike, for example, Who is the first president of the United States?, What is the year the U.S. Constitution was written? and Who is Martin Luther King Jr.?

You will also be tested on your understanding of the U.S. system of government. You will need to be able to answers these questions and those alike, for example, How many branches are in the U.S. government? Who has power to declare war? How many Senators are there in the Senate?
You should prepare for your test by visiting the USCIS website and download the latest practice test. There are also many books that can help prepare you for the citizenship.

Once you have a good understanding and knowledge of both U.S. history and U.S. government you will be ready to take your citizenship test. Once you meet all of the requirements for U.S. citizenship, take and pass the test you will be able to take the Oath of Allegiant and become a United States citizen.

Becoming a U.S. citizen is very rewarding and by studying and taking steps to prepare for this process you will be well on your way to your new citizenship.

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2 Responses to “Taking the U.S. citizenship test and Requirements for U.S. citizenship”

  1. Is passing the test once is good for life. I have a friend who passed the test and later, under the same application, he was interviewed again and this time he failed. He opted to reapply which he then took the test and failed.

    Is passing the test once is passed for life as I have been told? He does have the original passing form.
    thank you

  2. shohatee,

    The citizenship test is just one part of the U.S. citizenship interview process. So with that said, passing just the test portion does not always mean you will be granted the U.S. citizenship.

    If a citizenship applicant got rejected for the citizenship at the interview, they will need to re apply and redo the whole process over again, including the citizenship test, interview and background check. It does not matter if he or she passed the previous citizenship test.

    I hope this help. For more information you can consult the USCIS website.

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