In the last decade, the United States has welcomed over 6.6 million citizens through the process of naturalization. Immigrants seeking citizenship must first meet several requirements such as living in the United States as a permanent resident for five years, being physically present in the country for the last 30 months, and being able to speak and write English. Once these requirements are met, the applicant must file a naturalization application, attend an interview and pass the citizenship test. After years of preparation, it is normal to approach the test date with anxiety or apprehension, and you may have questions about the test itself. Preparation is the key to success. Following are answers to five common questions about the citizenship test.
This week, the New York Times reported on a spike in naturalization applications from Latino immigrants in Colorado and nationwide. Many applicants say they are motivated to become citizens in time for this year's presidential election, so they can vote against Donald Trump. Latinos, especially Mexicans, with permanent U.S. residency have historically lagged behind immigrants from other parts of the world when it comes to naturalization. Even though many Latinos are legally in the U.S., the majority never become citizens. Now, due to the upcoming presidential election, many Latinos are taking that final step. The naturalization process usually takes around five months, so applicants should be eligible to vote in elections this November.