USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) announced on December 14 that it is planning changes to the naturalization test. USCIS plans to conduct a trial for updates to the current naturalization test. The trial is tentatively scheduled for a five-month period in 2023.
“The naturalization test is a key step in becoming a U.S. citizen,” said USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou. “We welcome input from – and the participation of – stakeholders who are familiar with this important process, as we continue to improve and update our naturalization test, ensuring that it is consistent with industry testing standards.”
According to the USCIS news release,
“President Biden’s Executive Order 14012, Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans, includes a directive to review the naturalization process. In response, USCIS subject matter experts conducted reviews of the naturalization test and recommended redesigning the speaking and civics test to improve testing standards. The proposed revisions are consistent with the feedback that USCIS has received from multiple external stakeholder groups.”
To become a naturalized U.S. citizen, applicants must pass a naturalization test. Applicants must correctly answer six of 10 questions to pass the U.S. history and government part of the test. In the English section, they must correctly read and write one out of three sentences. Their ability to speak English is determined by the USCIS officer conducting the interview.
The USCIS updated the naturalization test in 2009. According to USCIS, 1,023,200 adults and children became U.S. citizens in 2022.
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