Biden reverses Trump’s changes to the U.S. citizenship test

Biden reverses Trump’s changes to the U.S. citizenship test

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden has reversed changes made by the Donald Trump administration to part of the naturalization test for U.S. citizenship, the federal government reported Monday.

Through a statement, the Department of Homeland Security reported that the 2008 version of the civic awareness portion of the test will be reused, which includes basic questions about American history and the structure of government.

The 2008 version of the test will be administered to all those applicants who submitted their naturalization documents before December 1, 2020, and to all those who submit their applications after March 1, 2021.

In case applicants have submitted their documents outside of the indicated dates, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will give them the option of taking the 2008 version of the test or the 2020 version, if your interviews for naturalization are scheduled before April 19, 2021.

If your naturalization interviews are scheduled for April 19, 2021 or later, then you will receive the 2008 version of the test regardless of when your applications were submitted.

Activists and immigrants had criticized the changes implemented by the government of former President Trump in late 2020, arguing that they made the process more complicated and complex.

Juliana Monsalve has the information.

The changes included more than two dozen additional questions. Applicants had to get at least 12 correct answers out of 20 questions, when previously applicants were required to get six correct answers out of 10 questions.