Norwalk, CT asked in Immigration Law for Connecticut

Q: N-400.

Hello there,

My mother just went to her second naturalization interview because she failed the civic portion the first time.

The officer told me she passed the civic but still had to deny her because she doesn't speak English? I'm so lost and confused and don't know what to do.

How can she not speak English and pass the first time ? How come she doesn't speak English and answer all the civic questions?? Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.

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3 Lawyer Answers
John Alexander Bates
John Alexander Bates
Answered
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Bridgeport, CT

A: The ability to speak and read English is a requirement for becoming a US Citizen. It does seem unfortunate they did not tell you this the first time. You may be able to appeal this decision or file a lawsuit in Federal Court.

Stephen Arnold Black agrees with this answer

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
Answered
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Orlando, FL

A: To qualify to become a naturalized citizen, you have to be able to demonstrate proficiency in English which includes being able to have a conversation in English.

Kyndra Mulder
Kyndra Mulder
Answered
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, FL

A: Your question is sensitive to your mother's personal situation. it is necessary to review the file and to speak with your mother. Consult with an experienced immigration attorney.

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