John Oliver's Quest For U.S. Citizenship Culminated In An "Utterly Petrifying" Citizenship Test

  • Published on: 11 February 2020
  • The host of "Last Week Tonight" on HBO, John Oliver, passed his citizenship test but not before being shaken to his core by questions like, "what is your phone number?" #Colbert #LastWeekTonight #JohnOliver

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  • jake lin
    jake lin   17 hours ago

    John Oliver is my favorite person on the planet

  • Adrian Young
    Adrian Young   3 days ago

    I too was worried about the interview. The first question I was asked was to confirm my address. I stumbled under stress, but the immigration officer calmly said, it is ok relax. Then I collected myself and was able to tell him my address and continued.I would also like to say that at every stage of the citizenship process, the people at USCIS in Seattle were kind, polite and professional. I got to take oath that day, 56 people from 52 countries. The people administering the oath were as excited for us as we were. My journey was 17 years in the making. H1B visas, then green card then citizenship. My only regret is that I waited to the end of my 10 year green card to apply for citizenship. I could have and should have done this years ago. Last time I looked, the backlog for citizenship at the Seattle office was 20,000 and nationally 750,000. With a rejection rate of 1% of applicants, that is a lot of people who will become a citizen waiting and the stress it comes up with. If you are in that queue, be patient and your time will come. Worth the wait.When I tell Americans my story and progress, they are surprised as to what is involved. Some even question whether I am telling the truth. If you are of the opinion that they hand out citizenship to anyone; rather than reading or watching your favorite "news" channel, got to USCIS to see what is required: Yes, you have to have a green card and that is no simple process either. When you hear "go back to your country and apply for citizenship", note that is not how it works. You have to get a green card first and then live in the US for 5 years before applying or 3 years if you marry a US person.

  • Ciso Yu
    Ciso Yu   1 weeks ago

    I don’t get it he’s rich famous coming from uk and having a well paid job. How hard it could be.

  • mike trimm
    mike trimm   2 weeks ago


  • Franz Colaristo'
    Franz Colaristo'   1 months ago

    They don't hire the articulate or responsible. They don't hand off to their superiors. They, instead, raise up the angry and the needy. If they seek their failure it's 3/4 empty. Their battles are of the mind as far as you can see and they have few wits about them without a pill to sharpen them. If I were a scout we'd attack 'morrow.


    Maybe someday this Oliver guy will have show of his own. Like I do

  • Firnila
    Firnila   1 months ago

    Just ask India.That was brilliant.

  • daniellebebop
    daniellebebop   1 months ago

    It really is absurd that we classify people so strictly by accident of their birth.

  • Adam M
    Adam M   1 months ago

    In Middle School, my class had to take the Citizenship Test. I was 1 of 5 people who passed. 30 people took it. This was in Missouri.

  • Doveranalyst
    Doveranalyst   2 months ago

    Just ask India.As an Indian....I can't even..😅

  • pablozky21
    pablozky21   2 months ago

    Now this is the crossover I most wanted to see

  • rcppcsk
    rcppcsk   2 months ago

    Remember those days when Corona seemed distant and there was an actual crowd? Good times . . .

  • IronKnight117
    IronKnight117   2 months ago

    Lol I’m just imagining young John Oliver playing side by side with Graeme Souness

  • Aditya
    Aditya   2 months ago

    Wow that was smart.... Dressing up and going to watch the match. Interesting story.

  • Aditya
    Aditya   2 months ago

    6:22 Just ask India joke was gold. His level is too high for this audience I think.

  • Aditya
    Aditya   2 months ago

    0:25 that cameraman was dancing jolly!

    WINTERS-_-WRATH   2 months ago

    As a brit u can have the prick he could not make it over here so just like the rest of ur rejects we sent him to u

  • Almir D
    Almir D   2 months ago

    Why does he make it sound like it is hard to get it? He let his green card expire, well buddy that one is on you, wtf. After you become a green card holder, 5 years after that you apply for citizenship and year after you become a citizen. As simple as that!

  • darkstar66125
    darkstar66125   2 months ago

    Cause of this did anyone get a weird snap thing under the video of some kid smashing a record sayin ‘John Oliver I’m comin for you’ ? I’m very confused, a little scared and slightly aroused by the pure alpha behavior.

  • Casablanca
    Casablanca   2 months ago

    I don't like the host. The show is just question and answer and then next question and answer. No conversation like Conan'O Brian.

  • Omegaxboy
    Omegaxboy   2 months ago

    Lol. I passed the 10 questions with ease and when officer asked me what is my address, I blanked out too. Totally didn't remember.

  • Zainab
    Zainab   2 months ago

    Hey, I know a guy named Osama who got citizenship in 6 years. Shocked us all.

  • Gribbo9999
    Gribbo9999   2 months ago

    In the old days a Brit becoming an Australian citizen had to swear allegiance to the head of state of the country they just came from.

  • Mel The Mom
    Mel The Mom   2 months ago

    I love how John Oliver briefly took over the show 😊

  • All_Roads
    All_Roads   2 months ago

    You better believe he didn't give up his UK citizenship. He's not dumb.

  • Alexander Stefanov
    Alexander Stefanov   2 months ago

    Welcome to the IRS chasing you for taxes the world over. In Europe lots of Americans can't wait to get rid of their citizenship, ask Tina Turner.

  • joshua claar
    joshua claar   2 months ago

    How did he have a social security number before he was a citizen?

  • John Deltuvia
    John Deltuvia   2 months ago

    Mr. Oliver obviously failed to comprehend the very first words of his oath of citizenship: "I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen..."

  • Ryan Gaskin
    Ryan Gaskin   2 months ago

    He's a hard guy to interview live because he's so witty and charismatic - hard to keep up

  • Katie Arbuckle
    Katie Arbuckle   2 months ago

    Not a bad idea to have Dual Citizenship, because if one Country goes to hell...You still got a place to call home.

  • Matt Stevenson
    Matt Stevenson   2 months ago

    No British Nationalism? Its just more sensible than America's love of their own burning trash pile

  • Daisy Penman
    Daisy Penman   2 months ago

    Never seen someone so excited as when he said “I have two passports like Jason Bourne!!”

  • g9nnar
    g9nnar   2 months ago

    Why would he want to?

  • Mulan 121
    Mulan 121   2 months ago

    Stephen Colbert needs to work on his sense of humour, he's a bit uptight...