People in South Carolina who are going through the process of becoming naturalized U.S. citizens understand the importance of preparation for every stage of it. Careful preparation can mean the difference between ultimately being granted status as a naturalized citizen or having an application denied.
The process of naturalization includes a testing requirement for most people unless a waiver is secured. Waivers are only granted in very limited situations, so most people should study and be prepared to take and pass the exams. The naturalization tests include a civics exam, an English language exam and an interview. If a person fails the tests, he or she will be given a new date within 60 to 90 days to retake the failed test or tests. If the person fails twice, however, their naturalization application will be denied.
The civics examination tests applicants' knowledge of U.S. history and government. People who have lived in the country for more than 20 years or who are over the age of 65 may receive special consideration on this test. The English language test is designed to test the applicant's written and verbal abilities with the English language. It is made up of both a written portion as well as an oral interview.
Naturalization is the final process in the long road towards becoming a U.S. citizen. With careful preparation, people can make certain they complete this last step successfully, then becoming naturalized citizens with all of the benefits the status confers. People who wish to become naturalized citizens may benefit by seeking the help of an immigration and naturalization attorney. An attorney may help his or her clients with submitting the applications and required documents, preparing for the exams and the interviews, and preparing for the naturalization ceremony and taking the oath of allegiance.