When someone wishes to enter the country and become a U.S. Citizen, they will have to take an exam. This exam will test the applicant on his or her understanding of the basics of the English language, as well as U.S. history and government. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced a plan to revise this exam. Read on to learn more about the updated naturalization civics exam and what it will entail.

A Brief Overview of the Naturalization Process

There are three main ways to obtain citizenship: Family-based, employment-based, and refugee/asylum status. In order to qualify for naturalization, there are a few requirements you must meet. A few of these requirements include taking an oath of allegiance to the United States, being at least 18 years of age and a permanent resident for at least five years, proving continuous residence for at least five years, proving to have been physically present in the U.S. for at least 30 months out of the five years, and having lived for at least three months in the state or district in which you apply. While it can be a difficult process, there are many benefits to becoming a U.S. citizen. For example, gaining the right to vote and the ability to bring family members to the United States.

When will the new Exam be put in Place?

Applicants who apply for naturalization before December 1, 2020, will take the current version of the exam. Those who apply on or after December 1, 2020, will take the new version.

What is the Difference Between the new Exam and the old one?

The new version of the test will include more questions that will test the applicant’s understanding of U.S. history and civics, in line with the statutory requirements, and will cover a variety of topics to provide the applicant with more opportunities to learn about the United States while they are preparing for the exam.

How Can I Prepare for the Exam?

In order to pass the exam, the applicant must receive a score of at least 60%. This means you must get 12 out of 20 questions correct in order to pass. There are a lot of resources you can use in order to prepare for the exam. For more information regarding the civics exam, the changes being made, how you can prepare, or any questions you have about the naturalization process, contact an experienced immigration attorney today.

Contact Our New York City Immigration Lawyers

Our law firm can explain all the opportunities associated with fiancé visas and help you through the entire procedure, as well as discuss whether this is a good option. For an initial consultation with a skilled immigration lawyer, contact the Law Office of Cheryl R. David in New York.