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What happens if you fail the U.S. citizenship test?

Taking the U.S. citizenship test can be nerve-racking, especially when you find out that you only get once more chance at passing if you fail. Mississippi residents should consult with a lawyer before taking the test to make sure they have the necessary documents correctly filled out.

A chance to retake the test

Immigration law requires the USCIS to inform you of the results of your test through form N-652 after your interview. You only have to retake the part of the test that you didn’t pass. Your retest occurs a maximum of 60-90 days after the date of your first interview.

Study diligently until the date of your retest, which will approach faster than you think. Make sure to take deep breaths during your retest and stay as calm as possible. Being too nervous can interfere with your thinking. Trust that you know the material well and believe in your ability to pass.

Permanent denial is possible

Continuous residence is a requirement for earning U.S. citizenship. The USCIS may deny your citizenship test if you haven’t resided in the U.S. for at least five years, or three years if you are a qualifying spouse of a U.S. citizen.

Lies and unintentional inaccuracy in statements could disqualify you for U.S. citizenship. It’s important that you understand everything asked of you to avoid unintentional errors. If you owe taxes and you aren’t taking the necessary steps to work it out with the IRS, then there is a chance you would receive a permanent denial on your citizenship application.

In addition, if you have an aggravated felony or a murder conviction, then the USCIS might permanently deny your citizenship application. Even if the conviction was in a foreign country, the USCIS may use it as a reason to permanently reject your application. Having any type of arrest whether in a foreign country or the U.S. can impact your citizenship application. It’s a good idea to consult with an immigration lawyer before applying.

The USCIS must give you, your lawyer or your representative written notice of a denial within 120 days. There is a chance to request an appeal hearing as long as you submit the request within 30 days of receiving notice and pay the appeal request fee.

Becoming a U.S. citizen can seem challenging but will be worth it. You may want to consult with a lawyer to reduce your worries and stress throughout the process.