How to Succeed at the Citizenship Interview

The word “interview” often causes some degree of anxiety in people, but there’s no need to get overly worried. Follow these helpful hints for taking the citizenship interview and you will get your citizenship in no time.

Be prepared

When you go to your citizenship interview you are going to want to be prepared. Ask yourself these questions to be prepared:

  • Do I have a good understanding of English?
  • Do I know what I need to know for the civics test?
  • Do I have all of the documents that the immigration officer may ask of me? (Birth certificate, passport, green card et cetera?)

Dress appropriately

The citizenship interview is an auspicious and relatively serious event so you will want to be dressed appropriately.

Don’t overdo it and go in a tuxedo or an extremely fancy suit, but don’t come too relaxed. Sandals, shorts and hoodie-sweatshirts are not going to work for you.

Try to find a happy medium between the two extremes. If you usually wear some sort of religious dress, it is perfectly acceptable to wear this to your interview.

Be polite

This is advice that likely goes without saying, but it is always a good idea to be polite when working with government employees.

If you think that applying for immigration benefits is stressful, they have to go through these forms every day!

Bring a little happiness and politeness into the office with you for your interview and it will affect your interviewer as well. You’ll both have a more pleasant experience and be done with what you have to do much quicker.

Be excited!

Remember! This is what you have been waiting for, you will soon be a citizen and entitled to all of the rights and privileges that status entails.