Under certain circumstances, an immigrant who filed Form N-400 Application for Naturalization can skip the English portion of the citizenship test if they meet certain requirements.

Immigration law requires both an English and Civics test for all those requesting to become citizens of the United States.

The USCIS states you may skip the English portion of the test if:

  • You are at least 50 years old at the time of filing for naturalization and have lived as a green card holder in the United States for at least 20 years. This exception is commonly known as the 50/20 exemption.
  • You are at least 55 years old at the time of filing for naturalization and have lived as a green card holder in the United States for at least 15 years.  This is commonly known as the 55/15 exemption.

The USCIS states that even if you meet these qualifications you must still take the civics portion of the citizenship test which tests your knowledge of how the U.S. government works. You will be able to take the civics portion of the test in your native language.

If you decide to take the civics test in your native language you will be required to bring an interpreter with you who is fluent in both English and your native language.

Lastly, if you are 65 years old or older and have lived in the United States as a green card holder for 20 years, you will be given special consideration regarding the civics requirement.

FileRight can simplify the naturalization process by checking your application for common errors and offering you a chance to speak to an immigration lawyer about your application.