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U.S. Citizenship Test – Finishing the interview

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At the end of your U.S. citizenship test interview you will be asked to sign your application and your photos.

The officer will give you form N-652 that will tell you if you passed or failed, or if for some reason your case is continued.

If you passed the test, you might be able to attend your citizenship ceremony the same day, depending on availability. Otherwise you will receive a notice telling when and where your ceremony will take place.

If you failed the English and/or civics test, you will be tested at a later date only on the section(s) of the test that you failed, not on the whole test. You will be rescheduled for a second interview within 60-90 days of your first interview. If you fail the U.S. citizenship test again during your second interview, your application will be denied.

Sometimes the officer won’t be able to make a decision because you need to provide additional documents. The officer will give you form N-14 explaining what documents you need to provide, when and how you have to provide them. If you fail to follow the instructions, USCIS might deny your application.

If your case is denied, you will receive a written notice in the mail explaining why it was denied. In this case, you may choose to request an appeal hearing with a USCIS officer. If you choose to request an appeal hearing you have to fill out form N-336 “Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings under Section 336 of the INA” and send it, along with the fee, within 30 days following receipt of your denial letter.

If your case is denied, you may also choose to re-apply when you think you meet all the citizenship application requirements (so make sure you understand why you have been denied). Sometimes re-applying is faster than going through the appeal hearing process. You might want to seek advice from a lawyer.

Even if the officer tells you that you have been approved, be aware that you are not a citizen until you actually go through the oath ceremony and you receive your naturalization certificate. If you ceremony is not the same day as your interview, USCIS will also ask you if anything has changed since your interview, so make sure you don’t do anything before the ceremony that could compromise your chances to become a U.S. citizen.

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