Top USCIS Interview Questions and Answers in 2024

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USCIS Interview Questions and Answers

USCIS Officers typically draw naturalization interview questions directly from your application for Naturalization (Form N-400). Your “A-File” may also be the subject of questions.

A USCIS officer will ask you questions about your application and background during your naturalization interview. A naturalization test consists of two components, an English test, and a civics test unless you qualify for an exemption.

During the citizenship interview, you will typically be asked the following questions by a USCIS Officer. Please be noted that these are not all the questions that may be asked. They are divided into general questions (Oral), English test (Oral), and Civics test (Oral). We will discuss here all questions and answers related to the general and civics tests. English test questions are about speaking, reading, and writing. In seeking, a candidate’s ability to speak and understand English is determined by a USCIS officer. In reading, a candidate must read aloud one out of the three sentences in the correct way to demonstrate his ability to read in English, and in writing, the candidate must write at least one out of a total of three given sentences correctly to demonstrate an ability to write in English. Let’s discuss them further.

General Questions

1. What Is Your Name?

My name is Tina.

2. When Is Your Birthday?

My birthday is Feb 17, 1986

3. Where Were You Born?


4. What Is Your Race?


5. How Tall Are You?


6. What Color Are Your Eyes?


7. Is Your Mother Or Father A U.S. Citizen?


8. When Did They Become U.S. Citizens?

They became citizens in 2017

9. Were They Married Before You Turned 18 Years Old?

No, I did not marry till 18

10. Did You Serve In The U.S. Military Before?

I have never served in the US military

11. Have You Lived In The United States Or Received Your Green Card At Any Time Between The Ages Of 18 And 26?

No, I never lived in the USA during this tenure

12. When Were You Approved For Your Green Card (Permanent Residence)?

I have approved 4  months ago.

13. Where Do You Currently Live?

I am staying in UAE currently. I am working in IT department there.

14. How Long Have You Lived There?

I have been in UAE since 2014.

15. Did You Ever Claim To Be A U.S. Citizen?

No. I have never claimed it before

16. Have You Ever Attacked, Discriminated Against, Or Denied The Rights Of Another Person Because Of Their Nationality, Race, Religious Beliefs, Membership In A Particular Social Group, Or Political Opinion?

No. I don’t have any related history

17. Do You Support The U.S. Constitution And The U.S. Government?

Yes. I do respect US laws and the constitution and will follow them accordingly.

18. Do You Understand And Are You Willing To Take The Oath Of Allegiance To The United States?

Yes, I understand this completely.

19. If Necessary, Would You Be Willing To Defend The United States In A War?

Surely.  If the USA is supporting me that much, why won’t I stand for them?

Civics Test Questions

Below you will find a few civics questions and answers for the naturalization test. The USCIS officer will ask the applicant ten questions about civics during the oral test. In order to pass the civics portion of the naturalization test, an applicant must answer 6 out of 10 questions correctly.   

20. What Is the Government’s  Form/Structure  Of The United States? 

  • Republic
  • Constitution-based federal republic
  • Representative democracy

21. What’s The Supreme Law Of The Land?* 

  • (the U.S.) Constitution

22. Name One Thing The U.S. Constitution Does. 

  • Forms the government
  • Defines powers of government
  • Defines the parts of government
  • Protects the rights of the people

23. The Constitution Of the USA Starts With The Words “We The People.” What Does “We The People” Mean? 

  • Self-government
  • Popular sovereignty
  • Consent of the governed
  • People should govern themselves
  • (Example of) social contract

24. How The Changes Are Made To The U.S. Constitution? 

  • Amendments
  • The amendment process

25. What Does The Bill Of Rights Protect? 

  • The basic rights of Americans
  • Basic rights of people living in the USA

26. How Many Amendments Does The U.S. Constitution Have?* 

  • Twenty-seven (27)

27. Why Is The Declaration Of Independence Important? 

  • It declares that America is free from British control.
  • It mentions all people are created equal.
  • It also identifies inherent rights.
  • It clearly identifies individual freedoms.

28. Which Founding Documents Said The American Colonies Were Free From Britain? 

  • Declaration of Independence

29. Name  Important Ideas From The Declaration Of Independence And The U.S. Constitution. 

  • Equality
  • Liberty
  • Social contract
  • Natural rights
  • Limited government
  • Self-government

30. Words I.E. Liberty, Life, And Pursuit Of Happiness Are In What Founding Document? 

  • Declaration of Independence

31. What’s  The Economic System Of The United States?* 

  • Capitalism
  • Free market economy

32. What Is The Rule Of Law? 

  • Everyone must follow the law.
  • Leaders must obey the law.
  • Government must obey the law.
  • No one is above the law.

33. Many Documents Influenced The U.S. Constitution. Name One. 

  • Declaration of Independence
  • Articles of Confederation
  • Federalist Papers
  • Anti-Federalist Papers
  • Virginia Declaration of Rights
  • Fundamental Orders of Connecticut
  • Mayflower Compact
  • Iroquois Great Law of Peace

34. There Are Three Branches Of Government. Why? 

  • So, not only one part becomes too powerful
  • There are checks and balances
  • Also, separation of powers is there

35. Mention The Branches Of Government. 

  • Legislative, executive, and judicial
  • Congress, the president, and the courts

36. USA President Is In Charge Of Which Branch Of Government? 

  • Executive branch

37. Which Part Of The Federal Government Writes Laws? 

  • (the U.S.) Congress
  • (U.S. or national) legislature
  • Legislative branch

38. Mention The Two Parts Of The U.S. Congress? 

  • Senate and House (of Representatives)

39. Mention Powers Of The U.S. Congress. 

  • Writes laws
  • Declares war
  • Makes the federal budget

40. How Many U.S. Senators Are There? 

  • One hundred (100)

41. How Big Is A Term For A U.S. Senator? 

  • Six (6) years 

42. How Many Voting Members Are In The House Of Representatives? 

  • Four hundred thirty-five (435)

43. How Long Is A Term For A Member Of The House Of Representatives? 

  • Two (2) years 

44. Why Do U.S. Representatives Serve Shorter Terms Than U.S. Senators? 

  • To more closely follow public opinion

45. How Many Senators Does Each State Have? 

  • Two (2)

46. Why Does Each State Have Two Senators? 

  • Equal representation (for small states)
  • The Great Compromise (Connecticut Compromise)

47. Name Your U.S. Representative. 

  • Answers can vary. All of the residents of territories along with nonvoting Delegates or Resident Commissioners may provide the name of that Delegate or Commissioner. Moreover, acceptable is any statement that the territory has no (voting) representatives in Congress.

48. Who Does A U.S. Senator Represent? 

  • Citizens of their state
  • People of their state

49. Who Elects U.S. Senators? 

  • Citizens from their state

50. Who Does A Member Of The House Of Representatives Represent? 

  • Citizens in their (congressional) district
  • Citizens in their district
  • People from their (congressional) district
  • People in their district

51. Who Elects Members Of The House Of Representatives? 

  • Citizens from their (congressional) district

52. Some Of The States Have More Representatives Than Other States. Why? 

  • (Because of) the state’s population
  • (Because) they have more people
  • (Because) some states have more people

53. The President Of The United States Is Elected For How Many Years?* 

  • Four (4) years

54. The President Of The United States Can Serve Only Two Terms. Why? 

  • (Because of) the 22nd Amendment
  • By keeping the president from becoming too powerful

55. If The President Can No Longer Serve, Who Becomes President? 

  • Vice President (of the United States)

56. Name One Power Of The President.  

  • Signs bills into law
  • Vetoes bills
  • Enforces laws
  • Commander in Chief (of the military)
  • Chief diplomat

57. Who Is Commander In Chief Of The U.S. Military? 

  • The President (of the United States)

58. Who Signs Bills To Become Laws? 

  • The President (of the United States)

59. Who Vetoes Bills?* 

  • The President (of the United States)

60. Who Appoints Federal Judges? 

  • The President (of the United States)

61. The Executive Branch Has Many Parts. Name One. 

  • President (of the United States)
  • Cabinet
  • Federal departments and agencies

62. What Does The President’s Cabinet Do? 

  • Their duty is to advise the President (of the United States)

63. What Are Two Cabinet-Level Positions? 

  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of Agriculture
  • Secretary of Commerce
  • Secretary of Defense
  • Secretary of Education
  • Secretary of Energy
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Secretary of the Interior
  • Secretary of Labor
  • Secretary of State
  • Secretary of Transportation
  • Secretary of the Treasury
  • Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • Vice President (of the United States)

64. Why Is The Electoral College Important? 

  • It decides who is elected president.
  • Also, it provides a perfect compromise between the popular election of the president and congressional selection.

65. What Is One Part Of The Judicial Branch? 

  • Supreme Court
  • Federal Courts

66. What Does The Judicial Branch Do? 

  • Reviews laws
  • Explains laws
  • Resolves disputes (disagreements) about the law
  • Decides if a law goes against the (U.S.) Constitution

67. What Is The Biggest Court In The United States?*

  • Supreme Court

68. How Many Seats Are On The Supreme Court? 

  • Nine (9) 

69. How Many Supreme Court Justices Are Usually Needed To Decide A Case? 

  • Five (5)

70. How Long Do Supreme Court Justices Serve? 

  • (For) life
  • Lifetime appointment
  • (Until) retirement

71. Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life. Why? 

  • To be independent (of politics)
  • To limit the outside (political) influence

72. Name One Power That Is Only For The Federal Government. 

  • Print paper money
  • Mint coins 
  • Declare war
  • Create an army
  • Make treaties

73. Set Foreign Policy Name One Power That Is Only For The States. 

  • Provide schooling and education
  • Provide protection (police)
  • Provide safety (fire departments)
  • Give a driver’s license
  • Approve zoning and land use

74. What Is The Purpose Of The 10th Amendment? 

  • The amendment states that the) powers not given to the federal government belong to the states or to the people.

75. Who Is The Governor Of Your State Now?

  • Answers can vary each time. Columbian residents should answer that D.C. does not have a governor.

76. There Are Four Amendments To The U.S. Constitution About Who Can Vote. Describe One Of Them. 

  • All the citizens above or equal to eighteen (18) (can vote).
  • You need not pay any poll tax to vote.
  • Any citizen can vote. (Women and men can vote.)
  • Males of any race (can vote). They must be citizens.

77. Who Can Vote In Federal Elections, Run For Federal Office, And Serve On A Jury In The United States? 

  • Citizens
  • Citizens of the United States
  • U.S. citizens

78. What Are Three Rights Of Everyone Living In The United States?

  • Freedom of expression
  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom of assembly
  • Freedom to petition the government
  • Freedom of religion
  • The right to bear arms

79. What Do We Show Loyalty To When We Say The Pledge Of Allegiance?* 

  • The United States 
  • The flag

80. Name Two Promises That New Citizens Make In The Oath Of Allegiance. 

  • Give up loyalty to other countries
  • Defend the (U.S.) Constitution
  • Obey USA laws 
  • Serve in the military (if needed)
  • They must serve (help, do important work for) the nation (if needed)
  • Be loyal to the United States

81. How Can People Become United States Citizens? 

  • Naturalize
  • Derive citizenship
  • Be born in the United States

82. What Are The Examples Of Civic Participation In The United States? 

  • Vote
  • Run for office
  • Join a political party
  • Help with a campaign
  • Join a civic group
  • Join a community group
  • You must provide an elected official with your opinion (on an issue)
  • Contact elected officials
  • Should Support or oppose an issue or policy
  • Write to a newspaper

83. What Are The Ways Americans Can Serve Their Country? 

  • Vote
  • Pay taxes
  • Obey the law
  • Serve in the military
  • Run for office
  • They must work for local, state, or federal government

84. The Colonists Came To America For Many Reasons. Name Them

  • Freedom
  • Political liberty
  • Religious freedom
  • Economic opportunity
  • Escape persecution

85. Who Lived In America Before The Europeans Arrived?

  • American Indians
  • Native Americans

86. What Group Of People Was Taken And Sold As Slaves?

  • Africans
  • People from Africa

87. What War Did The Americans Fight To Win Independence From Britain?

  • American Revolution
  • The (American) Revolutionary War
  • War for (American) Independence

88. Name The Reasons Why The Americans Declared Independence From Britain. 

  • Very High taxes 
  • Many taxations without representation
  • Many British soldiers stayed in Americans’ houses (boarding, quartering)
  • No self-government
  • Tea Act
  • Stamp Acts
  • Sugar Acts
  • Townshend Act
  • Intolerable (Coercive) Act

89. Who Wrote The Declaration Of Independence?

  • (Thomas) Jefferson

90. When Was The Declaration Of Independence Adopted?

  • July 4, 1776


We have listed a few general questions for the USCIS interview with their answers. Also, we have provided civics test questions, which are asked orally by the officer. All the questions and answers are generally mentioned i.e. they may vary as per the interviewer, management, and location. Last but not the least; we have not mentioned any English test questions because they are normally based on speaking writing and listening skills. You will be played audio voice to answer them except speaking where you will speak about any general topic and an officer will assess your English speaking skills.

Please note that there is no way to tell whether USCIS knows if an applicant for a green card or for naturalization is lying to them. If you lie in the interview, you will be caught, as they come to know about you. This can cause significant effects on your repute and there is a strong possibility that they might ban you from any future interviews and travels. So, keep relaxed and answer what you know instead of giving wrong impressions. If you are unaware of anything or are confused, simply inform the interviewer so he or she either change the question or move ahead. Good Luck!