Do you need to speak English to become a citizen?

On Behalf of | Oct 25, 2022 | Immigration Law |

The English language is a difficult one for people to learn. There are many irregular verbs that complicated conjugation, and many words come from other languages. Even those born and raised in the U.S. may struggle with English language spelling and grammar rules.

For those who grew up speaking a different language, learning English as an adult can be very challenging. In fact, difficulty learning the English language might be the issue holding you back from applying for naturalized citizenship. Do you have to speak English fluently to naturalize?

English language skills are typically mandatory

While there are exceptions for older adults who have been in the country for many years, most immigrants pursuing naturalization need to prove their proficiency with the English language. An interview is a crucial step in the naturalization process, and it will almost always take place in English.

A United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) expects someone to demonstrate an ability to read and write in English, as well as the ability to speak and to understand spoken English.

They will also need to pass a verbal exam reviewing what they know about Civics. They will need to verbally answer spoken questions about the history and government of the U.S. Those who hope to become naturalized citizens will either need to wait until they are old enough to bypass the English language test requirements or prepare before they apply for naturalization.

Learning more about the rules that apply to immigration opportunities and having experienced legal guidance can help those who want to live permanently in the United States.

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