Changes to U.S. Citizenship tests to challenge future applicants

Published: Nov. 18, 2020 at 10:47 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Immigrants seeking to become a U.S. citizen will soon be required to answer more questions about American history and politics as part of a revised civic test announced by the U.S. Immigration Services Agency last week.

One permanent resident, Olivia Vega, came to the United States as a child. For the last 10 years, her dream was to fulfill her own American dream by becoming a citizen of this country. However, she said that could change with 28 more questions added to the 100-question exam.

“They put this on us from one day to another. It’s going to get harder for people, more because of COVID-19 and unemployment,” said Vega.

Beginning Dec. 1st, applicants will have to answer 12 of 20 questions correctly. The current test requires 6 out of 10 to be answered right. This is a change that has Immigration Attorney Ray Ybarra worried.

“I think we will see more denial rates the first time around because of these changes that will make it more difficult for people,” said Ybarra.

Another challenge for people is the cost. People will now have to pay more than $1,000, rather than the $640 people pay now.

“Them increasing the pay on the citizenship will be burden for a lot of people,” said Vega.

However, Vega says that no matter the cost or the increased difficulty the administration puts on people, she will work hard to obtain her dream for her and her family.

“As Latinos, we are hard workers and we’re going to do it. I’m going to do it even if I miss deadline, I will still do it,” said Vega.

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