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Old Dec 10th 2003, 2:34 am
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How difficult is it to get US citizenship? I have heard you have to do a test, is it very hard. I am not much good at studying. And also, once the paperwork is begun how long does it take to come through.
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How difficult is it to get US citizenship? I have heard you have to do a test, is it very hard. I am not much good at studying. And also, once the paperwork is begun how long does it take to come through.
If you are married to a USC you can apply for citizenship 3 year minus 90 days from the date you where granted residency. It then takes up to nine months for you to receive it. The test is a citizenship test and if you go on the BCIS web site they have a mock test. Basically name the first 13 states, the original colonies, the make up of government, what do the 13 stripes and 50 stars on the flag represent - crap you know as a foreigner but americans have no ****ing clue about. You then have your fingerprints taken, take the oath of aligence and as long as you have been a morally upstanding citizen you are a then a fully fledged USC. Simply really

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And if your not married to a USC it would take you 12 years.
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And if your not married to a USC it would take you 12 years.
thought it could be as little as 5 years.
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This site looks quite informative:

http://www.us-immigration.com/inform...ship_tutorial/
 
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Thank you for all the help. Doesn't seem too daunting. I think I'll give it a try.
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Your post indicates that you are worried about the test. Don't be. When I took mine they asked me about 6 questions and they we're very simple. The questions came directly from the sample questions on the BCIS web site.

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Thank you for all the help. Doesn't seem too daunting. I think I'll give it a try.
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thought it could be as little as 5 years.
If you have your GC for 5 years you are eligible to apply, my husband did it a couple of months ago. Takes about 8 months altogether from start to finish with the paperwork, fingerprints etc., and costs about $240. They ask you 10 questions out of a possible 100. All they want to know is if you can read and understand english. They stopped my husband after only 4.
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Originally posted by ejay1
And if your not married to a USC it would take you 12 years.

No, it's 5 years as a LPR (through marriage is 3 years). The cost is $310 because there is a 50 dollar fingerprint fee (to be included when you submit the paperwork and $260 fee). If you don't include the $50 fee, they mail you one notice with a deadline to submit it within a few months or your case will be abandoned.

You must be 21 years of age to apply for naturalization.

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Originally posted by dimpledot
How difficult is it to get US citizenship? I have heard you have to do a test, is it very hard. I am not much good at studying. And also, once the paperwork is begun how long does it take to come through.
Officially, you are told 6-9 months, but a realistic answer is about 1 and 1/2 years. The test is rote memorization of the sample 100 questions and the couple of questions that are specific to your state. The most difficult part of the test would be something along the line of naming amendments. The difficulty is the waiting and getting through the process.. getting to the various scheduled appointments (which might involve driving overnight to get to the interview or oath ceremony or staying the night before in a hotel), resubmitting fingerprints and photographs if necessary.. dealing with BCIS incompetence like losing your file and then claiming they can't get it from the service center

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Thank you all for your help. One last question. What if I fail the test? Can I reapply and do I have to wait a certain amount of time before retaking.
And yes I am afraid of the test. I failed my driving test here because of nerves.
I am getting too long in the tooth to learn new things I guess.
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Originally posted by dimpledot
Thank you all for your help. One last question. What if I fail the test? Can I reapply and do I have to wait a certain amount of time before retaking.
And yes I am afraid of the test. I failed my driving test here because of nerves.
I am getting too long in the tooth to learn new things I guess.
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I believe you can retake the test on another day. That means you'd have to come back for another scheduled interview. I guess it just depends on if you can recite 5 or so rote memorization answers to questions in front of an officer. You can practice on your computer and that should be good enough except for the questions specific to your state. http://uscis.gov/graphics/exec/natz/natztest.asp

http://uscis.gov/graphics/services/natz/require.htm
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It makes no sense to me that you have to be finger printed again! They asked for that with the Green card application!

Do they print you there or do you have to go to a local police department? (I didn't think that was fun the first time)
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Originally posted by dimpledot
Thank you all for your help. One last question. What if I fail the test? Can I reapply and do I have to wait a certain amount of time before retaking.
And yes I am afraid of the test. I failed my driving test here because of nerves.
I am getting too long in the tooth to learn new things I guess.
Karen
You can't fail. Really. You already know most of it. For instance, they asked me who the American Colonies fought against in the War of Independence (!!). Still, I expect they were just trying to test my loyalties. Oh, and no, they didn't think it was funny.
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Old Dec 14th 2003, 2:40 am
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Originally posted by Lion in Winter
You can't fail. Really. You already know most of it. For instance, they asked me who the American Colonies fought against in the War of Independence (!!). Still, I expect they were just trying to test my loyalties. Oh, and no, they didn't think it was funny.
Might sound like a really dumb question but can you get joint citizenship?
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