About N-400 Part 12

Some of the questions on the N-400 application for naturalization (citizenship) are normal questions about your life.

  • Where do you live?
  • Do you have children?
  • What is your current address?

But, the N-400 has some very specific questions about your history. These are questions about taxes, telling the truth, crime, and more. Some questions use very specific legal vocabulary.

These questions are in Part 12 of the N-400, from page 11 to page 16. There are more than 70 questions in Part 12.

The officers usually only ask some of the questions. But, you should be ready to answer any of them.

Einstein became a US citizen, but you don’t need to be a genius!

So, what should you learn?

  1. Listen to the question, and understand it.
  2. If you don’t understand something, ask “Excuse me” or “Can you explain?”
  3. Be ready to give a clear answer to the question.
  4. Learn the meaning of the specific words (vocabulary) in the questions.

For example:

Have you ever voted in a federal, state, or local election in the U.S.?

Answers: Yes, I have / No, I haven’t