US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) introduced on Monday that it’s reverting to the 2008 version of the naturalisation civics take a look at starting March 1, 2021.
The earlier Trump administration had launched some adjustments to the naturalisation civics take a look at, referred to as the 2020 civics take a look at, which elevated the variety of questions from 100 to 128 and the proper solutions within the multiple-choice questions had political and ideological overtones.
Announcing the reversal, the USCIS mentioned the company has decided that the revised civics take a look at, relevant for people who had utilized on or after December 1, 2020, “may inadvertently create potential barriers” to the naturalisation course of.
“This action is consistent with the framework of the Executive Order on Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems, which directs a comprehensive review of the naturalisation process to eliminate barriers and make the process more accessible to all eligible individuals,” USCIS mentioned in an announcement.
“The 2008 civics take a look at was totally developed over a multi-year interval with the enter of greater than 150 organisations, which included English as a second language specialists, educators, and historians, and was piloted earlier than its implementation. USCIS aspires to make the method as accessible as potential as directed by President Biden’s request to overview the method totally,” it mentioned.
The civics take a look at is run to candidates who apply for US citizenship by naturalisation and is among the statutory necessities for naturalising. Applicants should exhibit a information and understanding of the basics of the historical past, ideas, and type of authorities of the United States.
“The choice to naturalise demonstrates an funding in and dedication to this nation. USCIS is dedicated to administering a take a look at that’s an instrument of civic studying and fosters civic integration as a part of the take a look at preparation course of,” the assertion mentioned.
Applicants who filed their utility for naturalisation on or after December 1, 2020, and earlier than March 1, 2021, probably have been finding out for the 2020 take a look at; subsequently, USCIS will give these candidates the choice to take both the 2020 civics take a look at or the 2008 civics take a look at, it mentioned.
There shall be a transition interval the place each assessments are being provided. The 2020 take a look at shall be phased out on April 19, 2021, for preliminary take a look at takers. Applicants submitting on or after March 1, 2021, will take the 2008 civics take a look at, the company mentioned.