Those wanting to become American citizens need to demonstrate a basic understanding of English and pass a civics test. TOI had earlier reported that the 2020 civics test, introduced by the Trump regime, was overly complex and ideological. For instance, it had expanded the pool of questions from 100 to 128 and many correct replies in the multiple answer module, had political overtones. This test was made applicable for individuals who had applied for citizenship on or after December 1, 2020,
“US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has determined that the 2020 civics test development process, content, testing procedures, and implementation schedule may inadvertently create potential barriers to the naturalization (i.e.: citizenship) process,” states the immigration agency.
The decision to scrap the 2020 civics test is consistent with President Biden’s Executive Order on ‘Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems’ it adds.
This move will help the Indian diaspora. Indian-born individuals are typically the second largest group to be granted US citizenship. During the twelve-month period ended September 30, 2019, 61,843 Indians were granted US citizenship, which constituted 7.5% of the total number of new citizens during the period. In the previous year, 52,194 Indians (which was 6.85% of the total new citizens) had acquired American citizenship.
Doug Rand, co-founder, Boundless Immigration, a technology company in the immigration space, comments, “Trump jammed through an ideologically warped version in Dec 2020, in an obvious effort to make citizenship harder to achieve. Team Biden just restored the status quo.”
USCIS will offer both versions of the test until April 19, in order to assist those who were studying the 2020 civics test module. Candidates filing for citizenship on or after March 1, 2021, will take the earlier 2008 civics test.