The naturalization test is an essential component of the naturalization process, in which an immigrant must demonstrate their understanding of the United States government and history, as well as their competency in the English language. This means answering at least six out of ten civics questions correctly, as well as being able to correctly write at least one out of three sentences in English. Additionally, there is an oral component to the test, administered by a USCIS examiner, who holds the sole discretion to determine whether a candidate is competent to speak in English.
The memorandum authorizing the review, signed by (now former) USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna, notes the last revision of the naturalization test occurred in 2009, and formalizes a requirement for a similar review once every ten years. Given the hostility that the current presidential administration has shown towards immigrants, including changes to the “good moral character” naturalization requirement already introduced in the past year, some critics fear the test will be revised to make it harder for immigrants to become American citizens. However, the exact changes to the test will not be announced until sometime later this year.
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