Citizenship Interview Questions

Citizenship interview questions samples

The USCIS officer typically asks citizenship interview questions about the information provided in your Form N-400. Here, we will give you some insight about the citizenship interview and the practice test questions and answers.

This guide is intended to familiarize you with the citizenship interview questions that are typically asked by a USCIS officer during the citizenship interview. It is not a comprehensive list of every possible interview question.

Citizenship Interview Questions Samples - what questions do they ask for the citizenship interview

The following citizenship interview questions are a sample only. You will be asked some questions or may not at all. Some citizenship interview questions seem to be very simple and straightforward, but we listed them in this guide because USCIS officers observe responses to every citizenship interview question, no matter how simple, as part of the English-speaking test purposes.

Citizenship Interview Questions Samples 1. Pledging under Oath / ID Check

  • Please stand up and raise your right hand. Do you promise to tell the truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
  • Do you know what an “oath” is?
  • Can I see your passport, green card, and/or driver’s license?
  • Do you understand why you are here today?
  • Why do you want to become a U.S. citizen?

Citizenship Interview Questions Samples 2. N-400 Review: Personal Information

  • We are going to go over your application to see if there have been any changes. Do you still live at the same address? What is your current address?
  • What is your name?
  • Have you used any other names?
  • Do you want to legally change your name?
  • When is your birthday?
  • Where were you born?
  • What is your race?
  • Are you Hispanic or Latino?
  • When did you become a permanent resident?
  • How long have you had your green card?
  • Are you a citizen of [your home country]?
  • Were any of your trips for six months or more?
  • What were reasons for leaving the country?
  • How long have you lived at your current address?
  • Where else have you lived in the past five (or three) years?
  • When did you live there?
  • Do you work? Where?
  • What is your current job?
  • Where else have you worked in the past five (or three) years?
  • When did you work there?
  • What is the name of your school?
  • When did you attend that school?
  • How tall are you and how much do you weigh?
  • What color are your eyes and is your hair?
  • How many times have you been married?
  • Is your spouse a U.S. citizen?
  • What is your spouse’s name?
  • When were you married and where?
  • What is your spouse’s country of citizenship?
  • How long have you been married?
  • Where does your spouse currently live?
  • Where does your spouse currently work?
  • Has your spouse been in the U.S. military?
  • How many times has your spouse been married?
  • When did your previous marriage end?
  • When did your spouse’s previous marriage end?
  • How did your and/or spouse’s previous marriage end?
  • What is the total number of children born to you?
  • What is your mother’s and father’s name?
  • Is your mother or father a U.S. citizen?
  • When did they become U.S. citizens?
  • Was your parents married when you were 18 years old?
  • What are your children’s names?
  • When were your children born and where?
  • Where do your children currently live?

Citizenship Interview Questions Samples 3. N-400 Review: Morals and Ethics Questions

  • Have you ever served in the U.S. military?
  • Have you ever left the U.S. to avoid being drafted into the military?
  • Have you ever left before discharge from the U.S. military?
  • Have you lived in the United States or received your green card at any time between the ages of 18 and 26? If so, did you register for Selective Service? (Male only)
  • When did you register with Selective Service? (Male only)
  • Why didn’t you register with Selective Service? (Male only)
  • Have you ever not filed an income tax return since becoming a green card holder? If yes, did you consider yourself a “non-resident” of the United States?
  • Have you ever claimed to be a “non-resident” of a federal, state, or local income tax return since becoming a green card holder?
  • Do you owe any taxes to the federal government or to a state or local government?
  • Have you ever claimed to be a U.S. Citizen?
  • Have you ever voted or registered to vote in a federal, state, or local election in the United States?
  • Have you ever attacked, discriminated against, or denied the rights of another person because of their nationality, race, religious beliefs, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion?
  • Have you ever been a member of nobility in any country other than the United States? If so, would you be willing to give up your title of nobility upon swearing your allegiance to the United States?
  • Have you ever been associated with or a member of any organization, association, fund foundation, party, group, or similar group anywhere in the world? (If yes, you may also be asked to name the group, its purpose, and when you were involved).
  • Have you ever been associated with or a member of the Communist Party, the Nazi Party, or a terrorist organization?
  • Have you ever been arrested, cited, and/or detained by any law enforcement officer for any reason?
  • Have you ever committed a crime for which you were not arrested?
  • Have you ever been charged with and/or convicted of any crime or offense?
  • Have you ever been placed in an alternative sentencing or rehabilitative program?
  • Have you ever received a suspended sentence, been placed on probation, or been paroled?
  • Have you ever been in jail or prison?
  • Have you ever been removed, excluded, or deported from the United States?
  • Have you ever been ordered to be removed, excluded, or deported from the United States?
  • Have you ever lied to or hidden information from a U.S. immigration officer or police officer when you filed papers to immigrate or when you filed papers to be able to stay in the United States?
  • Have you ever been declared legally incompetent or been confined to a mental institution within the last 5 years?

Citizenship Interview Questions Samples 4. What to bring to the citizenship interview?

  • Do you support the U.S. Constitution and U.S. government?
  • Do you understand the full Oath of Allegiance?
  • Are you willing to take the full Oath of Allegiance to the United States?
  • If the law requires it, are you willing to bear arms on behalf of the United States (defend the United States in a war)?
  • If the law requires it, are you willing to perform noncombatant (civilian) services in the U.S. Armed Forces?
  • If the law requires it, are you willing to perform work of national importance under civilian direction?
  • Questions you studied for the citizenship tests

Citizenship Interview Questions Samples 5. Naturalization Exam(a.k.a. citizenship tests)

Naturalization Exam(a.k.a. citizenship tests): Click here for our guide on citizenship tests (English test and Civics test)

IMPORTANT: If you anticipate answering “yes” to citizenship interview questions regarding affiliations with or membership in certain organizations, such as communist party, or have previous record of conviction, incarceration, or have any legal issue in the past, we highly recommend that you consult with a licensed immigration attorney before your interview.

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