At the end of last year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services implemented changes to some of the requirements for individuals trying to become U.S. citizens. The changes included an updated version of the civics test all applicants must take and pass as part of the naturalization process. After a review of the new test, it was found that it could pose unfair challenges and barriers to some who were taking the test.
Back to the old version
The USCIS found several problems with the newly implemented 2020 version of the test. They looked at the test development process, testing schedule, testing procedures, content and more. Various groups and advocates found the test was not equally accessible to all individuals who would be taking it.
The 2008 version of the civics test was carefully developed with the help of various experts. Educators, language professionals and others worked together to create a test that is fair for all potential citizens. The naturalization civics test is a requirement, testing the applicant’s knowledge of the American government, history, principles and more.
Studying for the test
Applicants who have been studying for the 2020 version of the test have the option of taking either the 2020 or 2008 version if they applied between Dec. 1, 2020, and March 1, 2020. This will be offered during the transition time between the two versions of the civics test. Any Florida individual considering the naturalization process may find it helpful to first speak with an immigration attorney about his or her concerns.