USCIS Announces Revised Civics Test | What You Need to Know

When a nonimmigrant wishes to become a United States citizen, they will have to take an exam regarding their understanding of the English language and U.S. history and civics. Passing this exam is a critical part of obtaining citizenship, which is why if you are someone who is looking to gain citizenship in the United States, you should have a firm understanding of the recent change that USCIS has made to the exam. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced Wisconsin immigration attorneys to learn more. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do I become a United States citizen?

To become a United States citizen, there are three potential routes you can take: family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, and refugee/asylum-based immigration. That being said, to qualify for naturalization, you will have to meet several requirements. First, you will have to take an Oath of Allegiance to the United States. You must also be at least 18 years old and be a permanent resident in the United States for at least five years, be present in the United States for at least 30 months, and you mist live for at least three months in the state or district where you apply for citizenship.

How does the new exam differ from the previous exam?

As you know, the original test regarding U.S. history and civics was rather intensive, however, the new test will require individuals to have even more extensive knowledge of U.S. history and civics. This means that you will have additional opportunities when preparing for your exam, all while being in line with statutory requirements.

When does the new exam take effect?

All those who apply for naturalization before December 1, 2020, will take the current version of the exam, and those who apply for naturalization after December 1, 2020, will have to take the newly-updated exam.

What can I do to prepare for the naturalization exam?

Fortunately, there are various resources available to those looking to pass the naturalization exam. Additionally, you should understand that the naturalization exam is only 20 questions, which means that to pass your naturalization exam, you will only have to answer 12 out of 20 questions correctly, meaning you must receive a score of at least 60%. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to speak with our experienced Wisconsin immigration attorney today to learn more about how our firm can help you.

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