Naturalization is the process by which an individual who was born outside of the U.S. becomes a U.S. citizen. In order for an individual to apply for naturalization, they must meet certain requirements, including having lived in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident for three or five years, depending on which category they fall into. If a person meets all the requirements needed to apply for naturalization and submits an application, they will be expected to pass an interview along with an English and civics test before they can become a U.S. citizen.

The English test is comprised of three parts, reading, writing, and speaking and the civics test covers government and U.S. history topics. Unless an individual is exempt from taking these tests, they will need to pass them before U.S. citizen is granted. Anyone who is required to take these tests is encouraged to speak with a Texas immigration lawyer first as they can help prep the applicant which can increase their chances of passing.

In the event an applicant fails the interview or one or both parts of the test, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) says they will be given the opportunity to retest during a new interview which will be scheduled sometime between 60 and 90 days from the date of their first interview. The applicant will only be retested on the portion of the test they failed.


How many times can an individual apply for naturalization?


An individual can apply for naturalization as many times as needed, according to USCIS. However, an applicant will need to pay the filing fee each time they apply for naturalization. Currently, the total fee to apply for naturalization is $725, which includes $640 for the application and an $85 biometric fee. If an applicant is 75 years of age or older, they will not be required to pay the $85 biometric fee and if they are a military applicant filing under section 328 or 329 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), they will not be required to pay a fee to apply.


The Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen Can Help a Naturalization Applicant Prepare for Their Interview and Test


Whether an individual is applying for naturalization for the first time or the second, the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohencan help get them ready for the interview and the tests. This includes going over what to expect during the interview as well as reviewing the types of questions that are likely to be asked on the English and civics test.

To schedule a time to speak with a Texas immigration lawyer and learn more about how they can assist an individual through the naturalization application process, contact the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen.


You can reach the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen at:


310 South St. Mary’s Street, Suite 2100

San Antonio, Texas 78205

Phone: 210-503-2800


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