The Biden administration has introduced to put off the stringent Trump-era citizenship take a look at and revert to the simpler 2008 model, making the US naturalisation course of extra accessible to all eligible people.
The brand new course of comes into impact on March 1, US Citizenship and Immigration Companies (USCIS) stated in a press launch on Monday.
On December 1 final 12 months, USCIS applied a revised naturalisation civics take a look at, referred to as the 2020 civics take a look at, as a part of a decennial take a look at overview and replace course of.
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. Candidates should show a data and understanding of the basics of the historical past, ideas, and type of authorities of america.
The earlier Trump administration had launched some modifications to the 2020 civics take a look at. It elevated the variety of questions from 100 to 128 and the proper solutions within the multiple-choice questions had political and ideological overtones.
Saying the reversal of the Trump coverage, USCIS stated the 2020 civics take a look at growth course of, content material, testing procedures, and implementation schedule “could inadvertently create potential boundaries to the naturalization course of”.
“This motion is in step with the framework of the Govt Order on Restoring Religion in Our Authorized Immigration Programs, which directs a complete overview of the naturalization course of to eradicate boundaries and make the method extra accessible to all eligible people,” it stated.
The federal company asserted that 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 attainable as directed by President Joe Biden”s request to overview the method totally, it stated.
The choice to naturalise demonstrates an funding in and dedication to US, USCIS stated, including that it’s 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.
Candidates who filed their utility for naturalisation on or after December 1, 2020, and earlier than March 1, 2021, seemingly have been learning for the 2020 take a look at; due to this fact, 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 stated.
“There shall be a transition interval the place each exams are being supplied. The 2020 take a look at shall be phased out on April 19, 2021, for preliminary take a look at takers. Candidates submitting on or after March 1, 2021, will take the 2008 civics take a look at,” USCIS stated.