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Literacy Requirements for Naturalization

To become a naturalized citizen, you are required to meet certain educational requirements, which include the successful completion of a literacy exam. The exam tests an applicant’s ability to successfully read, write, and speak English.

If you or a loved one is applying for citizenship and needs legal assistance, the qualified Austin immigration attorneys at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, can help. To learn more, contact our offices today by calling 512-323-2333.

Literacy Exam for Naturalization

The literacy exam is made up of two separate parts:

  • Reading and writing: This section of the test consists of excerpts from the Federal Textbooks on Citizenship, available for free at many public educational institutions.
  • Verbal. This section of the test consists of answering questions aloud while speaking with a testing examiner.

If an applicant does not successfully pass the literacy exam on the first try, he or she may re-take the test once within 90 days while the naturalization application is pending.

People who are applying for naturalization may be exempt from the literacy exam if they:

  • Are over 50 years of age and have been legally residing in the U.S. for a total of 20 years.
  • Are over 55 years of age and have been legally residing the the U.S. for a total of 15 years.
  • Have been determined by a qualified medical physician to be physically or mentally unable to demonstrate an understanding of the English language.

An experienced Austin naturalization attorney can help you learn more about the requirements for citizenship.

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If you or someone you love needs legal advice about the naturalization process, contact an Austin immigration lawyer from the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC by calling 512-323-2333.

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