November 14, 2006

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services has announced that it is testing a new format for the examinations taken in the naturalization process.  The new test will feel less like a historical trivia game and test more on concepts such as, What is democracy? and What do the Bill of Rights do?  In addition, the English-language exam will include civics-related vocabulary.  The new exams will be tested in ten USCIS offices around the country on a voluntary basis.  Full implementation is scheduled to begin in 2008.  On another note, fees for naturalization are expected to increase significantly in the near future.  Persons considering U.S. citizenship are advised to apply soon to avoid increased costs and the uncertainty of the new examination requirements.