Often I’m asked “I can take the naturalization exam in my native language?” The answer is, it depends on your age and for how long you’ve had the green card. The rule is 55/15 and 50/20. If you are 55 years old and you’ve had your green card for 15 years, yes, you can take the exam in your native language. If you are 50 years old and have had the green card for 20 years, then you also can take the exam in your native language. For all other people, unfortunately, you’re going to have to demonstrate, or fortunately, that you can speak, read, and write English. If you have questions as to whether you’re eligible for citizenship or whether you fit the requirements for the exception or the English requirement, please contact my office and I’d be happy to assist.

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