How can I help an elderly lady pass the citizenship interview? 10 Answers as of February 01, 2011

How can I get an an elderly uneducated immigrant to pass the citizenship interview?

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Pacifica Legal Services
Pacifica Legal Services | Floyd Fernandez
A lady who is over 70 years of age, or who is over 55 years of age and lived as a legal resident for more than 20 years, can have her English and American history/citizenship exams waived.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/1/2011
Carlos E. Sandoval, P.A.
Carlos E. Sandoval, P.A. | Carlos Sandoval
Depending on her age and the number of years she has been a resident it could be possible for her to take a simpler version of the exam, and if she has any medical problems that prevent her from learning the exam could be waived altogether.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 1/17/2011
Pauly P.A.
Pauly P.A. | Clemens W. Pauly
The official USCIS website (www.uscis.gov) has a good resource center
for naturalization test takers with self tests and study material. Please take a look at the resource center here: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/citizenship If that lady is older than 50 and has been a resident for 20 years or is older than 55 years and has been a resident for 15 years at the time she filed her application then she can take her test in her native language. If she is 65 years old and has been a resident for at least 20 years, USCIS will even give special consideration regarding the civics requirement but she must still take the test and therefore, she should study as best as she can.

In general, if she has any legal questions, she is best advised to consult with an immigration attorney.

Good luck for her test.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 1/3/2011
Law Office of Baoqin Wang
Law Office of Baoqin Wang | Baoqin Wang
Certain applicants, because of age or disability, have different English and civics requirements. She can also hire an attorney to help her request some type of waiver, if she qualifies.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 1/3/2011
The Vega Law Firm
The Vega Law Firm | Linda Vega
Elderlies with certain disabilities are exempt from taking the exam. Please see a lawyer for assistance.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 12/31/2010
    Calderón Seguin PLC
    Calderón Seguin PLC | Ofelia L. Calderon
    All you can really do is practice the questions that are on the actual application one files for naturalization as the interviewer will ask those questions in English and help the person to study for the test itself. Depending on how long the person has been an LPR and how old they are, you may also want to check and see if they can request the test in their native language.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 12/31/2010
    Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson
    Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson | Michael E. Hendrickson
    Get copies of the kinds of questions that are asked on this test and review them with this elderly lady over and over and over and over again.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 12/31/2010
    Law Office of Immigration & International Trade Law
    Law Office of Immigration & International Trade Law | Linda Liang
    How elderly she is? If she is over certain age, she can apply for her not to get the test. Good luck!
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 12/31/2010
    Feldman Feldman & Associates, PC
    Feldman Feldman & Associates, PC | Lynne Feldman
    There are certain age exemptions if the person has been a permanent resident for awhile - 50 years or older and PR for 20 years or 55 and older and PR for 15 years or older. There is also the possibility of a disability waiver if the person is not capable of understanding the questions based on a
    medical disability.

    There are many citizenship classes available through local colleges and adult education programs.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/30/2010
    Nicastro Piscopo, APLC
    Nicastro Piscopo, APLC | Louis M. Piscopo
    The USCIS has study guides on their website in both English and other languages. The can be found at USCIS.gov. Also, depending on how old the person is and how long they have been a legal permanent residence, they may be able to take the test in their native language and/or be eligible to take an easier test.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/30/2010
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