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Can an immigrant re-take a failed naturalization test?

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2024 | Citizenship

The naturalization process requires an application. Immigrants have to undergo a very thorough background check to ensure they meet the requirements for having good moral character. They also need to attend a naturalization interview.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS conducts a naturalization interview in which they ask questions about someone’s desire to become a citizen. The interview typically also includes tests. Those hoping to become citizens usually have to pass a test in Civics and a test of their proficiency in English. What happens if an immigrant does not pass the test?

The USCIS allows a retake

The USCIS provides various study resources for aspiring immigrants. There is a list of useful vocabulary words for people to study. They can also review all 100 potential questions that the USCIS may ask during the Civics test.

Those resources may help someone improve their English language skills, learn the right vocabulary words and deepen their understanding of United States Civics. During the test, immigrants must demonstrate the ability to read and write in English, as well as their ability to speak and comprehend spoken English. They also have to answer at least six Civics questions correctly. The test could include up to 10 questions from the list.

Despite having access to study resources, some immigrants may still fail one or both tests. Thankfully, the USCIS offers immigrants the opportunity to retake the test. Someone who failed their initial test can take it a second time, typically somewhere between 60 and 90 days after their first test. If someone fails twice, then they cannot move forward with the naturalization process anymore.

Thankfully, naturalization is not a one-time opportunity. Those hoping to become United States citizens can reapply as many times as they need to when seeking their citizenship. Failing the test does not prevent someone from applying again or lead to their removal from the country.

At the end of the day, learning about the unique rules that apply during the naturalization process, and seeking legal guidance whenever necessary, can help people better navigate the process of becoming citizens.