FAQ at Citizenship Interview


When a person applies for citizenship, he/she is subjected to an interview where questions regarding general knowledge about the United States are usually asked. It is possible to take this test, which costs about $30, from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) up to a year before applying for citizenship. The results may be taken along to the interview and are normally accepted by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

Information and sample questions may be obtained from the ETS by calling them at (609) 720-6990.

Below are a few of the questions that may be asked at the time of the interview :

  1. What are the colors of the American flag?
    Red, White and Blue
  2. How many stars are there in the American flag?
  3. What color are the stars on the flag?
  4. What do the stars on the flag mean?
    Each one represents a state in the Union
  5. How many stripes are there in the flag?
  6. What color are the stripes?
    Red and White
  7. What do the stripes on the flag stand for?
    They represent the original 13 states
  8. How many states are there in the union?
  9. Can you name the thirteen original states?
    Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island, and Maryland.
  10. What are the 49th and 50th states of the Union?
    Alaska and Hawaii
  11. When is Independence Day?
    July 4th
  12. What is on the 4th of July?
    Independence Day
  13. Who did we obtain independence from?
  14. Which country did we fight during the Revolutionary War?
  15. Who was the first president of the United States?
    George Washington
  16. Who is the present President of the United States?
    George W Bush
  17. Who elects the President of the United States?
    The Electoral College
  18. How long is the term of the President?
    4 years
  19. How many terms can the President serve?
  20. Who becomes President of the United States if the President should die?
    The vice-president
  21. Who is the present vice-president of the United States?
    Dick Cheney
  22. Who becomes President of the United States if the President and the vice-president should die?
    The speaker of the House of Representatives
  23. What is the Constitution?
    The supreme law of the land
  24. Can the Constitution be changed?
  25. What is a change to the Constitution called?
    An amendment
  26. How many amendments are there to the Constitution?
  27. How many branches are there in the Government?
  28. What are the three branches of the Government?
    Legislative, Executive and Judiciary
  29. What is the Legislative branch of the Government called?
  30. Who makes the laws in the United States?
  31. What is the Congress?
    The Senate and the House of Representatives
  32. What are the duties of the Congress?
    To make laws
  33. Who elects the Congress?
    The people
  34. How many senators are there in the Congress?
  35. Can you name two senators from your state?
  36. For how long is each senator elected?
    6 years
  37. How many representatives are there in Congress?
  38. How long is the term of each Congress representatives?
    2 years
  39. What is the executive branch of the U.S. government?
    The president, vice-president, cabinet and departments under the cabinet members
  40. What is the judiciary branch of the U.S. government?
    The Supreme Court
  41. What are the duties of the Supreme Court?
    To interpret laws
  42. What is the Supreme Court law of the United States?
    The Constitution
  43. Who is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?
    William Rehnquist
  44. What is the Bill of Rights?
    The first 10 amendments of the constitution
  45. Who said, “Give me liberty or give me death.”?
    Patrick Henry
  46. Which countries were the enemies of the United States during World War II?
    Germany, Italy and Japan
  47. Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.?
    A civil rights leader
  48. What is the capital of your state?
  49. Who is the current governor of your state?
  50. Who is the head of your local government?