The Biden administration has introduced to dispose of 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 Providers (USCIS) mentioned in a press launch on Monday. On December 1 final 12 months, USCIS carried out a revised naturalisation civics take a look at, known as the 2020 civics take a look at, as a part of a decennial take a look at assessment and replace course of.
The civics take a look at is run to candidates who apply for US citizenship via naturalisation and is without doubt one of the statutory necessities for naturalising.
Candidates should reveal a data and understanding of the basics of the historical past, ideas, and type of authorities of the USA.
The earlier Trump administration had launched some adjustments 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 mentioned the 2020 civics take a look at growth course of, content material, testing procedures, and implementation schedule “might inadvertently create potential boundaries to the naturalization course of”.
“This motion is in keeping with the framework of the Government Order on Restoring Religion in Our Authorized Immigration Methods, which directs a complete assessment of the naturalization course of to get rid of boundaries and make the method extra accessible to all eligible people,” it mentioned.
The federal company asserted that the 2008 civics take a look at was “completely developed over a multi-year interval with the enter of greater than 150 organisations, which included English as second language consultants, 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 assessment the method completely, it mentioned.
The choice to naturalise demonstrates an funding in and dedication to the US, USCIS mentioned, 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 software for naturalisation on or after December 1, 2020, and earlier than March 1, 2021, seemingly 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 will probably be a transition interval the place each exams are being supplied. The 2020 take a look at will probably 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 mentioned.
(With PTI inputs)