President Biden Plans To Reinstate Pre-Trump Version Of The Citizenship Test

CNW Legal Analyst, Attorney Caroly Pedersen


According to Buzzfeednews, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to discard the widely criticized Trump-era version of the U.S. Citizenship Civics test instituted late last year, in favor of reinstating the old previous version.

For background, the original U.S. Citizenship Civics test, in use since 2008 had 100 questions. Citizenship applicants were asked up to 10 questions during their naturalization interview and had to answer 6 correctly to order to pass the exam. Officers only needed to ask as many questions as it took for the applicant to pass, frequently only six.

In the Fall of 2020, the Trump Administration announced that it had revised the naturalization exam to increase to test to 128 questions, rather than the original 100 and that applicants would be asked 20 questions rather than 10 and be required to answer 12 correctly, instead of 6.

Interviewing officers would also be required to ask all 20 questions, instead of stopping once the applicant answered enough correctly to pass the exam.

Critics said the Trump version not only added more than two dozen questions, but was politically influenced and included wording changes that intentionally made it more complex and confusing to applicants.

The new test is required for all residents who apply for naturalization on or after December 1, 2020.

However, residents who filed naturalization applications on or after December 1st will likely never be required to take the test once Biden’s DHS changes back to the 2008 version, in an announcement expected shortly.

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** Contributions to this Column are made by Attorney Caroly Pedersen, Esq. of the American Immigration Law Center – Call 954-382-5378



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