USCIS recently updated its policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the educational requirements for naturalization. The educational requirements include knowledge and understanding of the English language and of the history and government of the United States. The update will become effective on December 1, 2020 and will apply to naturalization applications filed on or after that date. USCIS will adjudicate applications filed prior to December 1, 2020 based on the previous policy guidelines. The policy is currently available for comments at www.uscis.gov/outreach/feedback-opportunities. Comments are due December 14, 2020.
The three key highlights of the policy are as follows:
Why is USCIS changing the policy?
According to the USCIS Policy Alert issued November 13, 2020, USCIS has revised the tests periodically over the years. The most recent revision was in 2008. The revisions are intended to ensure that the content of the tests is "relevant, more meaningful, and comprehensive." Another goal of the revisions is to improve USCIS's ability to assess applicants' knowledge of history and civics as required by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
View the USCIS Policy Alert here.
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This information comes from a news release from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA Doc. No. 20111331).