Is a civics test really part of the naturalization process?

On Behalf of | Jun 19, 2020 | Citizenship And Naturalization |

There is a lot of inaccurate information floating around about the immigration and naturalization process for those living in the United States currently. When someone takes steps to go from a person with a visa or a Green Card to become a visa, they undergo naturalization. 

If you hope to complete the naturalization process and become a United States citizen with all the rights that entail, you will have a lot of work ahead of you. In order for someone to become a United States citizen, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) wants to know that potential new citizens have an understanding of the United States and how its government works. 

Why would the naturalization process include a test?

Those seeking naturalization must pass both an English test and a civics test in order to finalize the process and officially become United States citizens. The testing process is one of the major differences that separate those who receive a Green Card or Permanent Resident Card from those who become U.S. citizens. 

It is not necessary for Green Card holders to pass an English test or a civics test about the United States government. However, those who want to complete naturalization and become actual citizens will have to both learn the language and educate themselves about the United States government. It’s important for new citizens to know their rights and responsibilities. 

The USCIS does provide study resources for those who want to complete the naturalization process and pass the civics test in order to become a full-fledged United States citizen.