New Citizenship Test to be Piloted This Fall

Naturalization Civics Test Questions to Change

For many immigrants, U.S. citizenship is the ultimate accomplishment. Naturalization can take decades if you first entered the country as a student or foreign worker. As the wait times for green cards have steadily increased (to over ten years for some categories), citizenship remains elusive for many. In order to become a U.S. citizen after immigrating, an individual must be a green card holder for a minimum of three to five years (depending on how the green card was obtained) and then they must pass civics and English tests to demonstrate their commitment and loyalty to the United States.

Earlier this year, former USCIS Director Francis Cissna issued a memorandum titled “Revision of the Naturalization Civics Test” to associate directors and program office chiefs to notify them of upcoming changes to the civics test. The memo also stated that the test will be revised every ten years going forward, formalizing a process that has been done intermittently in the past. The last major revision happened in 2009 when USCIS implemented standardized test forms for the English and civics test requirements.

A new announcement today confirmed that a naturalization test revision working group formed of USCIS agency members has been updating test questions since December 2018. The group is also exploring changes to the speaking portion of the English test, which also includes reading and writing portions. USCIS has set the implementation date for December 2020 or early 2021 but plans to pilot the program this fall. We will keep you posted on any major updates to the naturalization tests that we see as a result.

Cissna’s memo describes citizenship as “the culmination of an immigrant’s journey to fully join our nation and live with us in a common bond. It is the most meaningful immigration benefit our country offers.”

Are you ready to complete your immigration journey? Contact Challa Law to start your citizenship application today.