Are your parents eligible for US Citizenship but are apprehensive about taking the citizenship test in English? Turns out they might not have to take it in English at all. Here are a few ways to help your parents get US Citizenship without having to worry about taking the test in English.
It is quite difficult for elderly residents who have been living in the US for long to take the citizenship test in English when it's not their first language or something they are fluent in speaking. However, that is no reason for them to not want citizenship in a country they have been paying taxes and living in for so long.
By meeting certain exceptions, they may not have to take the test in English and be required to take the written test component. Not knowing how to read or write English can no longer stop you from taking the citizenship test.
What Are the 3 Exceptions?
The 50/20 Exception: The 50/20 exception allows lawful permanent residents who are 50 years and older to apply for citizenship without taking the test in English if they have held their Green Card for at least 20 years. This means that they can take the test in a language they feel most comfortable with. They also don’t have to give the written test in English. This is very helpful for immigrants who can not read or write English.