Immigrants who apply to take the naturalization test on or after December 1, 2020, will face a new set of challenges. As of this date, immigrants will have to demonstrate a working knowledge of basic English in speaking, reading and writing the language. Aspiring citizens will also be required to show that they understand U.S. government and have some knowledge of U.S. history as part of the new requirements.
Increased Numbers of Questions on Test
These changes have been put in place by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) after a year-long evaluation process. Immigrants can expect some significant changes, including an increased number of questions during the entire process:
- Prior to the new test procedure, immigrants were asked 10 questions out of a list of 100 during the interview process with USCIS and were required to answer six of those questions correctly. The new test approved by USCIS will include 20 questions and will require that 12 of the questions be answered correctly to achieve a passing score. Additionally, even if the immigrant successfully answers 12 questions, the test will continue until all 20 questions have been asked and answered.
- The number of questions to be studied for the civics test has also increased from the previous 100 to 128. According to early reports, the questions have also changed significantly. Geography questions have been eliminated in favor of more detailed questions about government and history.
The English proficiency examination has not changed significantly and will still require applicants to read and write at least one of three sentences correctly.
Seeking the Legal Help You Need
Working with a qualified Miami immigration lawyer is a practical way to ensure that you are well-prepared for the new naturalization test and that your paperwork is in order when making this major step toward citizenship in the United States. Your Miami immigration lawyer will provide you with practical help and support throughout the process to ensure the best outcomes for you and your family.
If you need the assistance of an experienced Miami immigration lawyer to deal with visa issues, naturalization test problems or citizenship applications, Pozo Goldstein can deliver the best and most practical solutions for your needs. Our team of skilled and experienced attorneys can provide you with the most accurate information and the best representation for your situation. Because our Miami immigration legal team includes two former immigration prosecutors and a former judge, Pozo Goldstein can provide you with the benefits of their expertise and experience. Give us a call today at 305-856-0400 to schedule a free initial consultation with our team. We are here to help you achieve your own American dream.