Monday, February 22, 2021

USCIS restores citizenship and naturalization test

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it was reversing a controversial civics test that the Trump administration put in place just weeks before it left office. The change will become effective March 1st (meanwhile, those who applied before Dec. 1, 2020 and Mar. 1, 2021, with an interview scheduled before Apr. 19, 2021, will be able to choose which test they prefer to take). UPDATE: A national webinar will be held on March 3, 2021 from 3:30-4:30 pm Eastern Time. To register, visit the USCIS public engagement registration page and select "event registration under subscriber preferences.")

Changes to the 2020 civics test had been criticized for being too lengthy and making it more difficult for immigrants with limited English proficiency. New questions also incorporated politicized or inaccurate answers. One such question indicated that members of Congress only represent citizens and not the entirety of their districts, including undocumented people or immigrants of other statuses.

A prior ImmigrationProf blog post on the 2020 changes appears here.


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