The short answer? Maybe. An English portion of the test is required for most, but there are some exemptions to the rule. Your age and green card status may enable you to take the citizenship test in another language.
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If you are applying to become a citizen of the United States, part of the application process is a citizenship or naturalization test with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (UCIS). The citizenship test language is English and has two parts. The civics test is required unless the test taker has a qualifying medical exemption. The English test is also required unless the test taker meets a few exceptions.
Exemptions to the English Test for Citizenship Test
You may have heard that some people are exempt from the English portion because they reached a certain age, but it is more complicated than just being old enough.
The citizenship test follows the “50/20” and “55/15” exceptions. These rules provide exemptions to the English section if you are 50 or older and have had a valid green card for at least 20 years (50/20 rule), or you are 55 years of older and have had a valid green card for 15 years (55/15 rule)1. If you fall under the “50/20” or “55/15” exceptions, you can also opt to take the civics test in your native language.
Unless you qualify for one of these exemptions, you will have to take the English test and the civics test in English. Although you may have to take the test itself in English, the resources to practice for the test are available in a few different languages on the UCIS’s website.
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