Center for New Americans joins the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition and other immigration advocates in challenging the recently hastily revised citizenship test. In the meantime, Center for New Americans continues to welcome citizenship applicants who would like assistance submitting the application and preparing for the interview.
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced in November that immigrants applying for citizenship on or after December 1, 2020 will take a revised civics exam. Applicants will now have to learn 128 questions, up from 100, and will have to answer 12 out of 20 questions correctly, an increase from the current protocol of 6 out of 10. Applicants who are 65 or older and have lived in the U.S. for at least 20 years will still apply using current rules (i.e, study 20 questions and answer 6 out of 10 correctly). The test and study guides can be found here. USCIS has also updated the USCIS Policy Manual to reflect these changes. Citizenship applicants seeking assistance can email here.