USCIS reverses last-minute citizenship test changes, back to 2008 version

  • USCIS reverses last-minute citizenship test changes, back to 2008 version

USCIS reverses last-minute citizenship test changes, back to 2008 version

The Biden administration has ejected a new test system for USA citizenship introduced by former President Trump on December 1, and the full system of questions and citizenship will be in place from March 1, according to USCIS.

An intellectually curious reader seeking substantive analysis or examples as to how USCIS reached this conclusion will be left wanting.

"So, no one should be concerned that applicants will not have a meaningful learning experience if they have to study for the previous test", Mr. Aguilar said.

The English and civics requirements for naturalization are found at Section 312 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

In a letter released February 22, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) revised its guidelines on the U.S. citizenship test implemented just under three months ago.

The agency announced it would revert to the 2008 test.

On July 19, 2019, USCIS announced it was revising the naturalization civics test "to ensure it continues to serve as an accurate measure of a naturalization applicant's civics knowledge and that it reflects best practices in adult education assessments".

USCIS said it will adhere to the Trump-era policy calling for a reexamination of the naturalization test every 10 years.

The Immigration Service announced Monday New test for citizenship, Which came into force on December 1, and re-implemented the old selection approved in 2008.

However, under the Trump administration's initiative, the list of questions expanded from 100 to 128, with applicants required to successfully answer 12 out of 20 questions in order to pass the civics portion of the citizenship process. Consistent with prior revisions to the civics test, USCIS received input from adult education experts and the Library of Congress vetted all questions and answers for accuracy. The only difference here is that the pilot was conducted virtually instead of in the classroom due to Covid-19. The 2020 version is to be phased out quickly. Some old questions were retained while others were rephrased to ensure sufficient number of questions within the easy/medium/hard buckets.

But from March 1, 10 questions will be asked under the whole system and 6 questions will be answered correctly.

The Bush-era test had 100 study questions and applicants were asked 10, meaning they had to get six correct. Not all questions asked during the interview are easy. "Team Biden just restored the status quo".

The Biden administration has announced the reversal of the stringent Trump-era policy by reverting to the 2008 version of the naturalisation test module to make the path to United States citizenship more accessible to all eligible individuals.

"Should the backlogs get worse, many applicants won't be able to get an interview or test until months from now". It was a change that garnered criticism for further politicizing the test, but also by making it more hard for applicants to pass. How does this version of the test make naturalization less accessible?

Officials concluded that the testing process, content, development and rollout of the 2020 version may block people from pursuing citizenship.