On Friday, USCIS announced its new civics naturalization test, which will replace the current test for anyone applying for U.S. citizenship on or after December 1st, 2020.
The new test is longer and harder than the current test, as applicants must answer 12 of the 20 questions correctly. Under the current test, the applicant needs only to correctly answer 6 of the 10 questions.
The number of potential questions is also increasing, up to 128 from the 100 on the current test.
As reported by the Washington Post, advocates for immigrants are concerned with the difficulty of the test, and that the longer test will make the entire naturalization process take longer for everyone.
If you are currently thinking about applying for naturalized citizenship, it is important to apply before December 1st.Applying now means you can take advantage of the current, easier test — and avoid the longer waiting times that may come when the new test is implemented.
Currently, the U.S. government’s fees applying for citizenship are $725. However, USCIS wants to increase these fees by as much as 80%. The courts have blocked the fee increase for now, but that could change at any time.If you want to get the best chance at becoming a U.S. citizen before the fee increases, you must apply immediately.