This post allows you to get familiar to the words and phrases (vocabulary) that you might hear during your naturalization interview. This is the official list of vocabulary based on the N-400 form. Here, we have listed the most frequently used words and phrases during the naturalization interview with its meaning. 

Advocate: Agree with and tell others about an idea.

Alien: Not a citizen of the United States.

Arrested: Taken to jail by the police.

Bear arms: To own or use a gun.

Civilian: A person who is not in the military.

Claim: To say that something is true.

Country of Nationality: The country where you are currently a citizen or national.

Court-martialed: Go to a military court.

Crime: an action that breaks the law.

Deploy: To move soldiers or other military to a new place so they can be ready.

Detention facility: A jail or prison where people wait before they go to court and have a trial.

Disability: A problem with your body or mind that prevents you from doing things that other people can do (for example blindness or deafness).

Discharged: A soldier leaves the military and stops being a soldier.

Divorce: Legally stop being married

Fail: Not pass a test; not complete or do something. Examples: “I failed my test,” means “I did not pass.”

False: not true.

File a tax return: Send tax papers to the government.

Forcing sexual contact or relations: Touching the male or female parts of the body when someone doesn’t want it.

Fraudulent: To make people believe a lie so you can get something you want.

Gamble: Pay money to guess who will win at sports or games so that you can try to get more money.

Genocide: Killing a whole group or race of people because of their religion, race, or other reason.

Guerrilla group: A group of people who use weapons against or attack the military, police or government.

Habitual drunkard: A person who regularly drinks too much alcohol (gets drunk).

Immigration benefit: Things that can help you because you are a documented immigrant, like being able to work and live in the United States.

Insurgent organization: A group of people that uses weapons to fight a government.

Jail: A building where police take people who are arrested for breaking the law.

Labor camp: A jail or prison where the prisoners have to do a lot of difficult work.

Legally incompetent: Can’t make decisions for yourself because you have mental problems.

Lie: To say things that are not true.

Marital Status: Whether you are legally married, single, divorced or widowed.

Married: Having a husband or wife. This means legally married. You can be legally married even if you don’t currently live with your husband or wife.

Mental institution: A hospital for people with mental health problems.

Military unit: A group of people that work for a government to fight in a war; they may do this work on land, in boats or in airplanes.

Militia: An army that does not work for a government.

Misleading: Causes a person to believe something that is not true to get something that you want.

Misrepresentation: To lie about who you are or something you did so that you can get something you want.

Noncombatant: Not fighting.

Nonresident: A person who does not live in a specific place.

Obtain: To get something.

Overdue: Late.

Owe: Have a debt; be required to pay. Examples: “I got a loan from the bank.

Paramilitary unit: A group of people who act like the military, but do not work for a government.

Persecute: To hurt someone badly, or unfairly, often because of religion or political beliefs

Prison: A building where criminals must stay as punishment for breaking the law.

Police unit: A group of people who work for a government to catch people who break the law

Prison camp: A jail or prison for enemy soldiers or other military during a war.

Probation: A time when a person who has broken the law gets out of prison early but is required to regularly report to the police.

Public benefit: Money from the government for things that can help you such as food stamps, housing assistance, or Social Security payments.

Rebel group: A group of people who fight a government or other group with power.

Register: Sign up.

Resident: A person who lives in a specific place.

Single: Not married now and never married before.

Self-defense unit: A group of people who work to protect a place if another group comes to fight them with weapons.

Smuggle: To secretly and illegally bring something into or out of a state or country.

Spouse: The person you are married to; your husband or wife.

Stationed: A soldier stays in one place for some time as part of their job.

Title of nobility: A position given by a King or Queen.

Torture: Badly hurt someone for punishment or to get information.

Vigilante unit: A group of people who act like the police, but are not the police.

Weapon: Something used to fight such as a gun, knife, or bomb.

Widowed: Your marital status if your husband or wife died and you have not married again.

 

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  1. Leonita Peneyra September 3, 2018 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    I want to be a US citizen but am not working I take care my mother in law. She is 98 years old nobody with here. I am a green card holder for 10 years, because my husband is US citizen was born here in United States. Can any body help me? Thank You. How much should I pay to be US citizen?

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    • D February 7, 2019 at 3:54 pm - Reply

      Hello, you are taking care of a family member as “home care” which is honorable. If your Husband works it should be fine. you need to download the form N400 from the USCIS website: https://www.uscis.gov/n-400. You can go from there it explains what you need to do. The fee to file is about $700.00, or perhaps more now. They will call you for an appointment to see your ID, green card and do fingerprinting plus they give you a booklet to study history. The whole process takes about a year, then you get an interview for naturalization. You do qualify to get your citizenship because you have been here in the US for over 5 years. Good luck!

  2. D February 7, 2019 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Hello, you need to download the form N400 from the USCIS website: https://www.uscis.gov/n-400. You can go from there it explains what you need to do. The fee to file is about $700.00, or perhaps more now. They will call you for an appointment to see your ID, green card and do fingerprinting plus they give you a booklet to study history. The whole process takes about a year, then you get an interview for naturalization. You do qualify to get your citizenship because you have been here in the US for over 5 years. Good luck!

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