President Biden’s administration is cutting in half the number of civics questions for US citizenship applicants and scrapping other Trump administration changes to the quiz.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services agency said Monday it will now only ask 10 questions of applicants, rather than 20 under a policy enacted in December.
The prospective citizen must still answer 60 percent correctly and pass an English test.
The civics questions now will be drawn from a list of 100 provided for study, down from 128 under the Trump-era changes.
Under either version, applicants could be asked about the roles of various federal offices, such as senators and representatives, and about founding documents. Acceptable correct answers are provided in study guides.
One discarded possible question asked, “The words ‘Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness’ are in what founding document?” The only correct answer is the Declaration of Independence.
Another now-discarded Declaration question asked, “What founding document said the American colonies were free from Britain?”
Yet another asked to name one document that influenced the US Constitution. Answers included the Mayflower Compact and the Declaration of Independence.
The agency cited a Biden executive order promoting a revamp in immigration policies. Biden separately is proposing legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal aliens in the US.
“Multiple commenters noted that there was little advance notice before implementation of the 2020 civics test, which raised concerns about limited time for study and preparation of training materials and resources,” USCIS said in a policy alert Monday.
“Due to the comments and in keeping with the Executive Order on Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans, USCIS will revert to the 2008 test.”
After April 19, only the old test will be used. Before then, applicants will have a choice.
US citizenship applicants must be at least 18 years old. Most applicants must live legally in the US for five years before applying, or for three years if married to a US citizen.