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Naturalization Applicants – USCIS will begin administering the Redesigned Test on October 1, 2008.

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All applicants who file for naturalization on or after October 1, 2008 will be required to take the new naturalization test. For those applicants who file prior to October 1, 2008 but are not interviewed until after October 1, 2008 (but before October 1, 2009), there will be an option of taking the new test or the current one.

See here for the chart to determine whether you will be taking the old test or the new test.

With respect to the question whether the current rule “English Exemption for people 55 or older and resident in the US for 15 or more years” be still applicable?

The USCIS has responded, that the new naturalization test will not change the regulations that allow exemptions for testing based on age and time as a permanent resident.

The USCIS has stated that “the English language requirement may be waived for an applicant who on the date of filing the application, was over 50 years old and has been lawful permanent resident for at least 20 years, or was over 55 years old and has been a lawful permanent resident for at least 15 years. If either exception applies, the applicant may take the civics examination in the applicant’s language of choice. Further, an applicant qualifies to take a modified civics test if on the date of filing the application, the applicant was 65 years old and has been a lawful permanent resident for at least 20 years. If this exception applies, the applicant will be administered a simpler version of the civics examination in the applicant’s language of choice. This modified civics test is a sample of 20 civics questions from the list of 100. The sample civics questions have been identified for applicants qualifying under this exception. If applicants qualify for a waiver of the English proficiency requirement, they must bring an interpreter to their naturalization interview.”

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Written by MithrasLaw

September 28, 2008 at 6:13 pm

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  1. The new us citizenship test is harder but with practice you will have no problem. Always remember before you buy practice material, check what is on line first. The USCIS website has a lot of Free information.

    Nick

    Nick Schultz

    November 26, 2008 at 8:17 pm


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