The USA to revise its naturalization test, new version after Dec 1

USCIS new naturalization civics test

The USCIS has announced on November 11, 2020, its plans to revise and implement the naturalization civics test. This is after the last time it was planned to be revised in July 2019.

Under US immigration, the naturalization civics test is aimed at making sure that the applicant knows American history, civic values, and the American government at least to an essentially required level.

It’s the legal process at the end of which a foreign citizen or a foreign national can become a US citizen.
The process
An applicant willing to undergo naturalization must go through:

  • The application stage to submit an application with USCIS
  • Attend an interview
  • Pass English and Civic tests
The following are the eligibility criteria for naturalization:

  • The applicant must be 18 years of age.
  • The applicant must be a lawful PR of the US for a minimum of 5 years prior to the date of application.
  • The applicant must be physically present in the US for a minimum of 5 years at the time of submitting the application.
  • The applicant must be skilled enough to understand and speak in English.
  • The applicant must be of good moral character.

Those who apply for naturalization before December 1, 2020, will follow the current version of the test. Those who apply for naturalization after December 1 will follow the updated version of the test.

The revision of the US naturalization civics test has been done in consultation with experts in the field of adult education. This helped in making sure that total fairness and transparency is present in the process.

The passing score will not change with the upgrade of the current test version. The passing score will be 60%.

The revised test will have more questions that will test the applicant’s knowledge of civics and history, in line with the statutory requirements. The new version of the test will cover a variety of topics that will give the applicant a good insight and broader knowledge of American history, values, and culture.

After naturalization, the candidate will become a US citizen and will be granted the same rights and assigned the same responsibilities of citizens by birth.After being a resident and having pursued work in USA, this is the ultimate upgrade of your status in the USA.

The upgraded civics test was tested as a pilot with volunteers and community-based organizations across the US in summer 2020. A lot of valuable inputs from the pilot helped derive a more comprehensive and apt test.

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USCIS – US Citizenship and Immigration Services

PR – Permanent Residence

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