Becoming a citizen of the United States is not an easy process for someone from another country. It’s a complex maze of paperwork, meeting requirements, submitting to interviews and, finally, passing a test. The naturalization test has never been known for being exceptionally easy, but it is about to be much more difficult to pass thanks to changes in the test.

The point of the test is to determine a Florida applicant’s grasp of the English language and basic knowledge of the United States. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced that the department will revise the portion of the test pertaining to civics and the function of the U.S. government. The revised version of the test will be given to candidates who apply for naturalization after Dec. 1, 2020.

The USCIS stated they have been trying to update certain parts of the test since 2018. The department worked with certain individuals, including experts in adult education, to revise the test and update questions. A spokesperson for the USCIS stated they wanted the test to be fair and the process to be as transparent as possible. Updates include more questions in the test portion, as well as more questions to be answered in the interview portion.

Anyone in Florida looking to complete the naturalization process will benefit from working with an experienced legal ally. When it comes to completing paperwork or preparing for the final test, knowledgeable guidance is crucial. Before initiating the process, it may help to first seek an assessment of the individual situation and immigration goals.

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