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My wife's citizenship appointment is coming up in February, and she recently began studying for the citizenship test. Her native language is Spanish, but all of our immigration appointments take place in English. Why, then, does the USCIS have Civics Flashcards in other languages? Do some field offices perform the interview in Spanish? Including the civics test?

Also, my wife can write and read a sentence in English...like I say, the interview takes PLACE in English. But what happens if she mis-hears the officer and writes the sentence incorrectly? How many chances does she get.

Cheers all.


DCF London

2007-08-09 Married

2008-02-15 (Day 1) Filed I-130 for CR-1

2008-02-20 (Day 6) Received RFE

2008-02-21 (Day 7) Returned RFE

2008-02-26 (Day 12) Credit card charged $355

2008-05-15 (Day 92) Received RFE

2008-05-16 (Day 93) Returned RFE

2008-06-11 (Day 119) Received RFE in the form of face-to-face interview on 17 June.

2008-06-17 (Day 125) RFE interview

2008-06-23 (Day 131) Received Packet 3

2008-06-24 (Day 132) Returned Checklist, DS-230

2008-07-03 (Day 141) Received Packet 4

2008-07-09 (Day 147) Medical (approved)

2008-07-18 (Day 158) Interview (approved)

2008-07-22 (Day 162) Passport and visa in hand

2008-07-25 (Day 165) POE - Atlanta, GA

ROC

2010-05-25 (Day 1) Mailed off I-751, check, and evidence to VSC

2010-06-07 (Day 15) Received NOA1, dated 2010-05-27

2010-07-30 (Day 66) Received Bio Appt letter, scheduled for 2010-08-16; will be out of town

2010-07-30 (Day 66) Mailed off request for new appointment date

2011-05-23 (Day 363) Biometrics appointment

2011-07-11 (Day 412) Conditions Removed

N-400

2012-10-23 (Day 1) Mailed N-400 Application (PHX)

2012-12-06 (Day 44) Biometrics appointment (PHX)

2013-01-29 (Day 98) Interview (approved)

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Chile
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Hello,

The flash cards and material in other languages is because certain qualified older people and people with some disability are allowed to take the exam in their native language.

First they ask you about your personal info and ask you if you are willing to bear arms and etc etc. for the USA. They asked me 10 questions and then made me write the sentence "They work well together.". The lady even made sure I put the period at the end. It is not easy she has to be well prepared.

Good luck!


Our Timeline:

11/1999 - We met in Ecuador

02/05/00 - Relationship started

09/08/06 - Engaged & Pregnant!

03/13/08 - I filed for Citizenship

07/22/08 - Became US Citizen

08/02/08 - I-129F sent

08/13/08 - Case received by VSC

08/16/08 - NOA1

08/18/08 - Touched

12/18/08 - Touched again exactly 4 mos. after 1st touch!

12/18/08 - Noa2 @ 3PM-Gracias Dios Mio!

12/24/08 - NVC sent pckg. 3 to Embassy

01/02/09 - Pckg 3 rcvd. by Embassy

01/09/09 - Pckg 3 from Embassy received by beneficiary

02/09/09 - Medical exam

02/16/09 - Sent back checklist and docs required by embassy.

03/13/09 - We will fly to see Daddy Gary

03/16/09 - 1 PM Interview (Pray God he gets visa)

03/16/09 - 5PM INTERVIEW PASSED WOOHOO. Thank God.

03/25/09 - Visa on hand! he went to DHL office after phone call received.

04/18/09 - My Cuchi came, (NYC)a wonderful unbelievable moment!:)

04/20/09 - We applied for marriage licence. (Township Municipal Bldg Health Dept.)

04/23/09 - Licence on hand

04/29/09 - Applied for Social Security (He was in system!)

04/30/09 - Wedding day!!! Yeeebaa

05/07/09 - SS card in mail. "valid for work only with DHS authorization"

05/13/09 - Sent AOS paperwork.

06/16/09 - Biometrics Apptmt.

06/25/09 - EAD Card in mail!

06/26/09 - Letter saying case transfered to Cali.

08/08/09 - Residence Card in Mail! Yuuupiiiiiii.

THE END FOR 2 MORE YEARS.

I don´t need patience if I have love. Ah I que Viva mi Guayaquil Carajo!

-Cuchita-

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Colombia
Timeline

This is true, certain people are exempt from taking the US Citizenship test in English.

This is as per the USCIS web site:

Language

Applicants for naturalization must be able to read, write, speak, and understand words in ordinary usage in the English language. Applicants exempt from this requirement are those who on the date of filing:

* have been residing in the United States subsequent to a lawful admission for permanent residence for periods totaling 15 years or more and are over 55 years of age;

* have been residing in the United States subsequent to a lawful admission for permanent residence for periods totaling 20 years or more and are over 50 years of age; or

* have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment, where the impairment affects the applicant’s ability to learn English.

The officer will have a small conversation with your wife to make sure she knows enough English to pass the test or not, this is up to them. If they feel she doesn't, they will deny her and she can apply at a later time. So she needs to at least hold a decent conversation in English to pass.

Diana


CR-1

02/05/07 - I-130 sent to NSC

05/03/07 - NOA2

05/10/07 - NVC receives petition, case # assigned

08/08/07 - Case Complete

09/27/07 - Interview, visa granted

10/02/07 - POE

11/16/07 - Received green card and Welcome to America letter in the mail

Removing Conditions

07/06/09 - I-751 sent to CSC

08/14/09 - Biometrics

09/27/09 - Approved

10/01/09 - Received 10 year green card

U.S. Citizenship

03/30/11 - N-400 sent via Priority Mail w/ delivery confirmation

05/12/11 - Biometrics

07/20/11 - Interview - passed

07/20/11 - Oath ceremony - same day as interview

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This is true, certain people are exempt from taking the US Citizenship test in English.

This is as per the USCIS web site:

Language

Applicants for naturalization must be able to read, write, speak, and understand words in ordinary usage in the English language. Applicants exempt from this requirement are those who on the date of filing:

* have been residing in the United States subsequent to a lawful admission for permanent residence for periods totaling 15 years or more and are over 55 years of age;

* have been residing in the United States subsequent to a lawful admission for permanent residence for periods totaling 20 years or more and are over 50 years of age; or

* have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment, where the impairment affects the applicant’s ability to learn English.

The officer will have a small conversation with your wife to make sure she knows enough English to pass the test or not, this is up to them. If they feel she doesn't, they will deny her and she can apply at a later time. So she needs to at least hold a decent conversation in English to pass.

Diana

Mystery solved! Thanks guys! I am constantly giving my wife flash quizzes. "Quick, write this: My dog has lots of fleas. I go shopping at the supermarket. They work well together. Now: read this out loud. And this. And this."

I think the toughest part will be the civics test, which she is currently studying in English. What really bugged me was this: Q: What kind of economy does the US have? Answer: Market economy. Should that be changed now with all the bailouts and nationalizations? Should we call it a "Mixed economy"? I were asked that question, I would probably get deported.


DCF London

2007-08-09 Married

2008-02-15 (Day 1) Filed I-130 for CR-1

2008-02-20 (Day 6) Received RFE

2008-02-21 (Day 7) Returned RFE

2008-02-26 (Day 12) Credit card charged $355

2008-05-15 (Day 92) Received RFE

2008-05-16 (Day 93) Returned RFE

2008-06-11 (Day 119) Received RFE in the form of face-to-face interview on 17 June.

2008-06-17 (Day 125) RFE interview

2008-06-23 (Day 131) Received Packet 3

2008-06-24 (Day 132) Returned Checklist, DS-230

2008-07-03 (Day 141) Received Packet 4

2008-07-09 (Day 147) Medical (approved)

2008-07-18 (Day 158) Interview (approved)

2008-07-22 (Day 162) Passport and visa in hand

2008-07-25 (Day 165) POE - Atlanta, GA

ROC

2010-05-25 (Day 1) Mailed off I-751, check, and evidence to VSC

2010-06-07 (Day 15) Received NOA1, dated 2010-05-27

2010-07-30 (Day 66) Received Bio Appt letter, scheduled for 2010-08-16; will be out of town

2010-07-30 (Day 66) Mailed off request for new appointment date

2011-05-23 (Day 363) Biometrics appointment

2011-07-11 (Day 412) Conditions Removed

N-400

2012-10-23 (Day 1) Mailed N-400 Application (PHX)

2012-12-06 (Day 44) Biometrics appointment (PHX)

2013-01-29 (Day 98) Interview (approved)

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Colombia
Timeline

Well trust me, most Americans would lose their US citizenship if it depended on how many of those questions they were able to answer correctly. :lol:

Diana


CR-1

02/05/07 - I-130 sent to NSC

05/03/07 - NOA2

05/10/07 - NVC receives petition, case # assigned

08/08/07 - Case Complete

09/27/07 - Interview, visa granted

10/02/07 - POE

11/16/07 - Received green card and Welcome to America letter in the mail

Removing Conditions

07/06/09 - I-751 sent to CSC

08/14/09 - Biometrics

09/27/09 - Approved

10/01/09 - Received 10 year green card

U.S. Citizenship

03/30/11 - N-400 sent via Priority Mail w/ delivery confirmation

05/12/11 - Biometrics

07/20/11 - Interview - passed

07/20/11 - Oath ceremony - same day as interview

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This is true, certain people are exempt from taking the US Citizenship test in English.

This is as per the USCIS web site:

Language

Applicants for naturalization must be able to read, write, speak, and understand words in ordinary usage in the English language. Applicants exempt from this requirement are those who on the date of filing:

* have been residing in the United States subsequent to a lawful admission for permanent residence for periods totaling 15 years or more and are over 55 years of age;

* have been residing in the United States subsequent to a lawful admission for permanent residence for periods totaling 20 years or more and are over 50 years of age; or

* have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment, where the impairment affects the applicant’s ability to learn English.

The officer will have a small conversation with your wife to make sure she knows enough English to pass the test or not, this is up to them. If they feel she doesn't, they will deny her and she can apply at a later time. So she needs to at least hold a decent conversation in English to pass.

Diana

Mystery solved! Thanks guys! I am constantly giving my wife flash quizzes. "Quick, write this: My dog has lots of fleas. I go shopping at the supermarket. They work well together. Now: read this out loud. And this. And this."

I think the toughest part will be the civics test, which she is currently studying in English. What really bugged me was this: Q: What kind of economy does the US have? Answer: Market economy. Should that be changed now with all the bailouts and nationalizations? Should we call it a "Mixed economy"? I were asked that question, I would probably get deported.

According to your timeline, your wife will take the new version of the naturalization test. In the handout they give you to prepare for the test (or online for that matter) you have all the words that your wife needs to learn. My understanding is that the language test should not be from outside this given list.

P.S. The word "fleas" is not on the list. ;)


Service Center : Vermont Service Center

Consulate : Prague, Czech Republic

I-129F Sent : 2009-07-15

Check Cashed: 2009-07-22

I-129F NOA1 : 2009-07-20

I-129F RFE(s) :

RFE Reply(s) :

I-129F NOA2 : 2009-10-01

NVC Received : 2009-10-06

NVC Left :

Consulate Received :

Packet 3 Received : 2009-10-15

Packet 3 Sent :

Packet 4 Received :

Interview Date : 2009-12-15

Visa Received : 2009-12-16

US Entry :

Marriage :

AOS:

Event Date

CIS Office : Washington DC

Date Filed : 2010-07-26

NOA Date : 2010-08-06

RFE(s) :

Bio. Appt. : 2010-09-09

AOS Transfer** :

Interview Date :2011-01-07

Approval / Denial Date :2011-01-07

Approved : Yes

Got I551 Stamp : No

Greencard Received:

Comments :

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Whatever happened to the good ol' days of when in America............ :blink:


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United States & Republic of the Philippines

"Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid." John Wayne

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline

I know at my oath ceremony their was 1 gentleman who could not understand English, as a worker had to guide him around and assist him!!!


Canadians Visiting the USA while undergoing the visa process, my free advice:

1) Always tell the TRUTH. never lie to the POE officer

2) Be confident in ur replies

3) keep ur response short and to the point, don't tell ur life story!!

4) look the POE officer in the eye when speaking to them. They are looking for people lieing and have been trained to find them!

5) Pack light! No job resumes with you

6) Bring ties to Canada (letter from employer when ur expected back at work, lease, etc etc)

7) Always be polite, being rude isn't going to get ya anywhere, and could make things worse!!

8) Have a plan in case u do get denied (be polite) It wont harm ur visa application if ur denied,that is if ur polite and didn't lie! Refer to #1

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This is true, certain people are exempt from taking the US Citizenship test in English.

This is as per the USCIS web site:

Language

Applicants for naturalization must be able to read, write, speak, and understand words in ordinary usage in the English language. Applicants exempt from this requirement are those who on the date of filing:

* have been residing in the United States subsequent to a lawful admission for permanent residence for periods totaling 15 years or more and are over 55 years of age;

* have been residing in the United States subsequent to a lawful admission for permanent residence for periods totaling 20 years or more and are over 50 years of age; or

* have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment, where the impairment affects the applicant’s ability to learn English.

The officer will have a small conversation with your wife to make sure she knows enough English to pass the test or not, this is up to them. If they feel she doesn't, they will deny her and she can apply at a later time. So she needs to at least hold a decent conversation in English to pass.

Diana

Mystery solved! Thanks guys! I am constantly giving my wife flash quizzes. "Quick, write this: My dog has lots of fleas. I go shopping at the supermarket. They work well together. Now: read this out loud. And this. And this."

I think the toughest part will be the civics test, which she is currently studying in English. What really bugged me was this: Q: What kind of economy does the US have? Answer: Market economy. Should that be changed now with all the bailouts and nationalizations? Should we call it a "Mixed economy"? I were asked that question, I would probably get deported.

According to your timeline, your wife will take the new version of the naturalization test. In the handout they give you to prepare for the test (or online for that matter) you have all the words that your wife needs to learn. My understanding is that the language test should not be from outside this given list.

P.S. The word "fleas" is not on the list. ;)

Thank you for that information! That's fantastic! As we are traveling, I just printed out the words from online! My wife now can study specific things instead of the 399,993 words in the English language that you CAN say on television.


DCF London

2007-08-09 Married

2008-02-15 (Day 1) Filed I-130 for CR-1

2008-02-20 (Day 6) Received RFE

2008-02-21 (Day 7) Returned RFE

2008-02-26 (Day 12) Credit card charged $355

2008-05-15 (Day 92) Received RFE

2008-05-16 (Day 93) Returned RFE

2008-06-11 (Day 119) Received RFE in the form of face-to-face interview on 17 June.

2008-06-17 (Day 125) RFE interview

2008-06-23 (Day 131) Received Packet 3

2008-06-24 (Day 132) Returned Checklist, DS-230

2008-07-03 (Day 141) Received Packet 4

2008-07-09 (Day 147) Medical (approved)

2008-07-18 (Day 158) Interview (approved)

2008-07-22 (Day 162) Passport and visa in hand

2008-07-25 (Day 165) POE - Atlanta, GA

ROC

2010-05-25 (Day 1) Mailed off I-751, check, and evidence to VSC

2010-06-07 (Day 15) Received NOA1, dated 2010-05-27

2010-07-30 (Day 66) Received Bio Appt letter, scheduled for 2010-08-16; will be out of town

2010-07-30 (Day 66) Mailed off request for new appointment date

2011-05-23 (Day 363) Biometrics appointment

2011-07-11 (Day 412) Conditions Removed

N-400

2012-10-23 (Day 1) Mailed N-400 Application (PHX)

2012-12-06 (Day 44) Biometrics appointment (PHX)

2013-01-29 (Day 98) Interview (approved)

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As far as I know, if you fail the civic/English test, you have one more chance to re-test.

If you fail second attempt, your case will be denied.

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