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    Progressives working for President Joe Biden will kill off the December 2020 upgrade to the 2008 citizenship test in mid-April. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Servies agency has “determined the 2020 civics test development process, content … may inadvertently create potential barriers to the naturalization process,” according to a February 22 agency statement. “This action is consistent with [agency policy] … to eliminate barriers and make the process more accessible to all eligible individuals.” The announcement covers roughly one million people per year, and it shows that Biden’s officials think “there is nothing exceptional about becoming a U.S. citizen,” said Rob Law, the director of regulatory affairs and policy for the Center for Immigration Studies. The 2008 test is a low-bar test that requires little or nothing from migrants, said Law, who served as chief of the Office of Policy and Strategy at USCIS while the test was reviewed and approved by...
    The Biden administration this week rolled back a Trump-era citizenship test and reinstated an earlier version that was administered in 2008 after concerns about the "limited time for study and preparation of training materials and resources." U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, in a policy alert memo on Monday, stated they would be "revising guidance" on the educational requirements for naturalization. "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the educational requirements for naturalization to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the history, and of the principles and form of government, of the United States (civics) under section 312 of the Immigration and Nationality Act," the memo read. To become a U.S. citizen, applicants "must demonstrate a basic understanding of the English language and a knowledge and understanding of civics." GRAHAM WARNS BIDEN IMMIGRATION POLICIES WILL LEAD TO 'CARAVAN AFTER CARAVAN' AT US-MEXICO BORDER...
    More On: immigration Joe Biden brings America back to bad Obama days: Goodwin US begins admitting migrants as Biden phases out Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy ‘Impending catastrophe’: House Republicans slam Biden immigration bill Biden immigration reform unveiled in Congress President Biden’s administration is cutting in half the number of civics questions for US citizenship applicants and scrapping other Trump administration changes to the quiz. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services agency said Monday it will now only ask 10 questions of applicants, rather than 20 under a policy enacted in December. The prospective citizen must still answer 60 percent correctly and pass an English test. The civics questions now will be drawn from a list of 100 provided for study, down from 128 under the Trump-era changes. Under either version, applicants could be asked about the roles of various federal offices, such as senators and representatives,...
    President Joe Biden has scrapped former President Donald Trump's more complicated version of the citizenship test, the administration confirmed Monday, over fears that it 'may inadvertently create potential barriers' to naturalization. A policy memo sent out by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said that after April 19, the Trump-approved 2020 version of the test will no longer be in use, and the Biden administration will use the 2008 version instead.    On December 1, the Trump administration rolled out a 20-question test, with applicants needing to answer 12 questions correctly to become U.S. citizens.  After April 19, citizenship applicants will only be able to take the 2008 exam, which has fewer questions than the 2020 exam that former President Donald Trump's administration doubled the length of   President Joe Biden's administration is reverting to the 2008 version of the citizenship test, instead of the 2020 version that President Donald...
    (CNN)The Biden administration is rolling back the controversial Trump-era naturalization civics test, reverting to a prior version of the exam, according to a policy alert published Monday. US Citizenship and Immigration Services, which administers the test, announced it will go back to using a 2008 version. The agency had received thousands of comments on the Trump administration's exam, as well as President Joe Biden's executive order on restoring faith in the legal immigration system. In December, the Trump administration implemented its revised civics test, which made changes to test content, increased the number of questions for applicants to study, and updated the number of questions applicants had to answer correctly.At the time, immigration experts warned it could slow down the process and discourage people from seeking citizenship and legal immigration benefits.The Trump-era test may "inadvertently" create potential barriers to the naturalization process, the Biden administration determined.Read MoreUSCIS declined to elaborate...
    New York : The Biden Administration continues with modifications to Trump’s immigration policies. Photo: Spencer Platt / . The citizenship test imposed by the government of Donald trump, which began to be applied for petitions filed on December 1, 2020, was canceled by the Office of Citizenship and Naturalization Services (USCIS). The President’s Administration Joe biden indicated that there will be a period in which immigrants can choose to answer that civic test or the 2008 test. The number of cases is unknown, but they would be those who applied for citizenship between December 1, 2020 and March 1 of this year. The agency noted that the proposal published in the Federal Register received more than 2,500 comments and, after its review, it was decided to return to the 2008 test, which asks immigrants to answer correctly at least 6 out of 10 questions out...
    The Biden administration confirmed Monday that it will scrap the Trump administration's changes to the U.S. citizenship test, which made the exam longer and more difficult. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will revert back to using an exam created in 2008, the agency said in a policy alert. [ READ: SCOTUS to Review 'Public Charge' Rule ]Immigrants must pass an English proficiency test and a civics exam in order to become citizens. The Trump administration last year doubled the length of the civics test, updating it to require applicants to answer 12 out of 20 questions correctly to pass. Immigrants were previously required to correctly answer six out of 10 total questions. The Trump administration also increased the number of potential questions from 100 to 128, expanding the amount of information immigrants must study in preparation for the exam. And the administration altered the answers to a few questions in...
    Colombian immigrant Paola Parra (L) takes her oral citizenship test at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Queens office on May 30, 2013 in the Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The politicized version of the U.S. citizenship test put into place by the previous administration in its final weeks of power is also on its way out the door. BuzzFeed News says that the Biden administration is reportedly set on tossing the previous administration’s version of the test into the trash, just over two months after the exam’s changes were officially announced to widespread condemnation. “Immigrant groups and attorneys claimed the changes were part of the Trump administration’s overall effort to restrict immigration and curtail the number of people able to gain citizenship,” BuzzFeed News reported. “Agency officials, however, said it was part of a process to update the questions to prepare immigrants to...
    'Immigrants take the oath of citizenship to the United States at a naturalization service on January 22, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.' The Trump administration changed the naturalization test to make it harder to pass—and you can see for yourself if you’d be able to pass this newly revised version. The New York Times has created a quiz selecting nine of the questions applicants are possibly asked. “The new test draws from 128 possible questions, up from 100, and prospective citizens now have to answer 12 out of 20 questions correctly in order to pass,” The Times said. “Previously, passing required correctly answering six out of 10 questions.” A top immigration policy expert noted last month that suspicions that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services made the revisions just to trip up applicants were right on the dot.  “Some of the questions have been made explicitly more difficult—even though there’s no evidence the old test wasn’t challenging enough,” American Immigration Council...
    WASHINGTON – The path to citizenship now may be harder as the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services implemented revisions to its naturalization test that went into effect Tuesday. In one of the final moves culminating four years of controversial immigration policies under Donald Trump’s administration, the government is giving a new test that is lengthier, includes topics not covered previously and requires new applicants to correctly answer twice as many questions as the previous test. “It’s an awful, unfair, last-second change in a very sacred process,” said Eric Cohen, executive director of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, an organization that advocates for rights for immigrants and racial justice. “This administration has, for the last nearly four years, tried everything in its power to keep immigrants from coming here legally,” Cohen said. “Once again (it) is trying to throw sand in the gears of any and all immigration processes…making it...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. legal permanent residents on the path to naturalization will now be required to take a longer and more complex citizenship test.  The new civics test is drawn from 128 questions test takers must be prepared to answer about American history and government, up from 100 questions previously. Anyone who applies for U.S. naturalization after December 1, 2020, must take the new version.  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that administers the country's naturalization and immigration system, announced in 2019 it was improving the naturalization civics test for the first time since 2008. It made the move official last week.  “Updating, maintaining, and improving a test that is current and relevant is our responsibility as an agency in order to help potential new citizens fully understand the meaning of U.S. citizenship and the values that unite all Americans,” Ken Cuccinelli, who was then serving as USCIS acting...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. legal permanent residents on the path to naturalization will now be required to take a longer and more complex citizenship test.  The new civics test is drawn from 128 questions test takers must be prepared to answer about American history and government, up from 100 questions previously. Anyone who applies for U.S. naturalization after December 1, 2020, must take the new version.  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that administers the country's naturalization and immigration system, announced in 2019 it was improving the naturalization civics test for the first time since 2008. It made the move official last week.  “Updating, maintaining, and improving a test that is current and relevant is our responsibility as an agency in order to help potential new citizens fully understand the meaning of U.S. citizenship and the values that unite all Americans,” Ken Cuccinelli, who was then serving as USCIS acting...
    The path to citizenship now may be harder as the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services implemented revisions to its naturalization test that went into effect Tuesday. In one of the final moves culminating four years of controversial immigration policies under President Donald Trump’s administration, the government is giving a new test that is lengthier, includes topics not covered previously and requires new applicants to correctly answer twice as many questions as the previous test. “It’s an awful, unfair, last-second change in a very sacred process,” said Eric Cohen, executive director of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, an organization that advocates for rights for immigrants and racial justice. “This administration has, for the last nearly four years, tried everything in its power to keep immigrants from coming here legally,” Cohen said. “Once again (it) is trying to throw sand in the gears of any and all immigration processes…making it harder...
    People raise their hands to take an oath during a naturalization ceremony on July 22, 2020, in New York City. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has made official the changes it proposed to its naturalization test, and suspicions that it was doing it just to trip up applicants was right on the dot, an immigration policy expert says. “Some of the questions have been made explicitly more difficult—even though there’s no evidence the old test wasn’t challenging enough,” American Immigration Council policy counsel Aaron Reichlin-Melnick writes. In other instances, “questions have taken on a subtle political stance.” One guess whose stance. “One question in particular raises concerns of politicization,” Reichlin-Melnick writes. “On the old test, applicants could be asked ‘Who does a U.S. senator represent?’ The suggested answer was ‘all people of the state.’ On the new test, the suggested answer is ‘citizens of their state.’” “This is not correct,” he continues. “Members of Congress represent everyone who lives within their district, regardless...
    People who want to become an American citizen must pass a test that deals with U.S. history and government. But according to the Immigration Impact website, recent changes to the test are meant to make it more difficult to become a citizen. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the changes last week and explained them: With the 2020 version of the civics test, the USCIS officer will ask you to answer 20 out of the 128 civics test questions. You must answer at least 12 questions correctly to pass the 2020 version of the civics test. All questions on the test are asked orally. There are no changes to the English portion of the naturalization civics test. You must demonstrate an understanding of the English language, including the ability to read, write, and speak basic English. The agency also notes that people who do not pass the test have...
    By Ana Milena Varón LOS ANGELES- The wave of new instructions to immigration agents by the Government of the President Donald Trump It is targeting the petitions of hundreds of immigrants who are at risk of being deported or unable to obtain benefits, experts warn. In the last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have launched new guidelines and regulations that make it difficult for immigrants to successfully get their petitions approved, alerted Efe Fernando Romo, immigration lawyer and main advisor to the Los Angeles Association of Salvadorans (ASOSAL). “They’re basically ordering USCIS officers to dig deeper into the cases, and the discretion of non-approval is increasing so that the negatives outweigh the positives,” Romo explains. “If we do not pay attention to these changes this will cause many immigrants to be at risk,” insists the lawyer....
    Starting next month, a new version of the U.S. citizenship test will require applicants to answer twice as many questions as the current one. Immigration and naturalization experts say the revamped test, which raises the number of questions to 20 from 10, could limit the number of tests done each day and slow down the process. However, test-takers will have to answer only 12 questions correctly to pass, the same pass rate as the old test. “These changes reduce the efficiency of this already struggling agency,” Sarah Pierce, a policy analyst at the Washington, D.C.-based, nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, said, referring to its citizenship application backlog. “The administration is adding hundreds of thousands of more minutes to these naturalization exams.” New U.S. citizens, socially distanced, recite the Pledge of Allegiance outside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services building in Lawrence, Mass., June 4, 2020. (Associated Press) BIDEN'S PICKS FOR TRANSITION...
    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - An updated U.S. citizenship test will require applicants to answer more questions than before and could reduce the number of tests held each day, experts said. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency on Friday announced the updated test now has 128 civics items to study and will require applicants answer 20 questions instead of 10. To pass, applicants must answer 12 correctly, or 60%. That's the same pass rate as before. The new test also removes geography questions and alters prior ones, such as requiring applicants to name three branches of government instead of one. It also changes the answer to a question on whom U.S. senators represent from "all people of the state" to "citizens in their state," which has drawn criticism over its accuracy. Sarah Pierce, a policy analyst at the Washington-based, nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, said that the changes to the naturalization test...
    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Friday announced a new naturalization test with more than two dozen additional questions and a higher number of correct answers required to receive a passing score.  The agency announced that the updated oral exam, set to go into effect Dec. 1, will include 128 questions about American government and history, compared to the 100 included in the previous version from 2008.  While the current test requires individuals to answer six out of 10 questions correctly, the 2020 version has a requirement of 12 out of 20 correct answers needed to pass.  According to the updated pool of questions and answers posted on the department website, the first set of questions span over three categories: principles of American government, system of government and rights and responsibilities.  The test also includes questions on American history, as well as U.S. symbols and holidays.  While the...
    Immigrants seeking to become U.S. citizens will soon be required to answer more questions about American history and politics as part of a revised civics test announced Friday by the U.S. immigration services agency. Starting December 1, applicants for U.S. citizenship will have to correctly answer at least 12 of 20 questions posed by immigration officials. The current civics test requires immigrants to correctly answer 6 questions out of a total of 10. The civics test is one several required steps immigrants need to fulfill before becoming naturalized U.S. citizens — a process administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Most applicants also undergo another test to demonstrate their ability to read, write and speak basic English. For the updated civics test, immigrants will be instructed to study a collection of 128 potential questions on topics ranging from the structure of the U.S. government and the Constitution, to the...
    PHOENIX (AP) — An updated U.S. citizenship test will require applicants to answer more questions than before and could slow down the number of tests held each day, experts said. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency on Friday announced the updated test now has 128 civics items to study and will require applicants answer 20 questions instead of 10. To pass, applicants must answer 12 correctly, or 60%. That's the same pass rate as before. The new test also removes geography questions and alters prior ones, such as requiring applicants to name three branches of government instead of one. It also changes the answer to a question on who U.S. senators represent from “all people of the state” to “citizens in their state,” which has drawn criticism over its accuracy. Sarah Pierce, a policy analyst at the D.C.-based, nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, said that the changes to the naturalization...
    Immigrants seeking to become U.S. citizens will soon be required to answer more questions about American history and politics as part of a revised civics test announced Friday by the U.S. immigration services agency. Starting December 1, applicants for U.S. citizenship will have to correctly answer at least 12 of 20 questions posed by immigration officials. The current civics test requires immigrants to correctly answer 6 questions out of a total of 10. The civics test is one several required steps immigrants need to fulfill before becoming naturalized U.S. citizens — a process administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Most applicants also undergo another test to demonstrate their ability to read, write and speak basic English. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox For the updated civics test, immigrants will be instructed to study a collection of 128 potential questions on topics ranging from the structure of...
    PHOENIX (AP) — An updated U.S. citizenship test will require applicants to answer more questions than before and could slow down the number of tests held each day, experts said. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency on Friday announced the updated test now has 128 civics items to study and will require applicants answer 20 questions instead of 10. To pass, applicants must answer 12 correctly, or 60%. That’s the same pass rate as before. The new test also removes geography questions and alters prior ones, such as requiring applicants to name three branches of government instead of one. It also changes the answer to a question on who U.S. senators represent from “all people of the state” to “citizens in their state,” which has drawn criticism over its accuracy. Sarah Pierce, a policy analyst at the D.C.-based, nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, said that the changes...
    "People join together during a ceremony to become American citizens at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony in a Miami Field Office on August 16, 2019 in Miami, Florida." Not satisfied enough with nearly doubling naturalization fees and putting U.S. citizenship out of reach for many immigrants, the Trump administration has set its focus on the citizenship test itself, CNN reports. With just weeks left until the end of impeached president Donald Trump’s administration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials are reportedly finalizing changes lengthening the test, but also making it much harder to pass. CNN reported the test has been changed before, most recently in 2009. What’s outrageous now is officials clearly just want to set up roadblocks. “This administration seems locked into an endless cycle of making the process more difficult,” American Immigration Council policy counsel Aaron Reichlin-Melnick told CNN, “and inevitably discouraging more and more people from seeking citizenship and legal immigration benefits.” CNN...
    Washington (CNN)The Trump administration is planning to make the naturalization test, which immigrants must pass to become US citizens, longer, according to a draft memo obtained by CNN, a move that could make it more difficult and marks the latest in a string of actions intended to alter the citizenship process.Last year, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, which administers the exam, announced that it was making changes to the civics portion of the test. The agency last launched revisions of the naturalization exam in 2009, "which implemented standardized test forms for both the English and civics test requirements," according to a May 2019 memo. The memo also said the agency was in the process of formalizing a decennial revision process. The agency appears to be nearing the finish line for its latest slate of changes. According to the memo, revisions include adding more civics test questions and topics, as well...
    What can we do for our deeply stressed country right now, when a pandemic has us in its grip and we suddenly have to worry that our votes won’t be counted and our own president won’t so much as wear a mask to keep us safe or talk about one nation indivisible, rather than red states versus blue? Sometimes in the constant static of us and them, it’s so hard to remember the all of us. So I am grateful for the reminder that came my way recently from one of our newest citizens. On Aug. 20, one day after her 65th birthday, Clemencia Isabel Morales, born in Guatemala, put on a polka dot dress and went downtown to the federal building to take a citizenship test that had been twice canceled, leaving her in tears, during the pandemic. She’s been in the country for 19 years now. She followed...
    BRITS are being challenged to try and pass this tricky citizenship test, and you need to score at least 75 per cent. Anyone who wants to become a British citizen needs to take the test, but it's been described as 'impossible' by those who have lived in the UK their whole life.  1This test has stumped people who lived in the UK their whole lifeCredit: Getty Images - Getty The exam is called the Life In The UK Test, and if you were sitting the exam in real life you’d have 45 minutes to answer 24 questions about British customs, traditions, history and famous faces.  In order to pass - and become a British citizen - you’d need to get at least three-quarters right, the equivalent of 18 questions.  And you'd also need to ace and English exam and be able to meet residency requirements.  If you wanted to test...
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