The agency is focusing on changes to the civics portion of the test, though there could also be updates to the English section, according to a USCIS official.
The announcement comes amid a heated debate over who should be allowed in the country after President Donald Trump targeted progressive congresswomen, telling them to “go back” to where they came from. Three of the four women were born in the US. The other is a naturalized citizen.
As of March 2019, the overall national pass rate is 90%. In fiscal year 2018, nearly 757,000 people were naturalized, USCIS says.
Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli, an immigration hardliner, says the changes are not part of an effort to restrict success rates.
After a series of pilot programs, a new test is expected to be implemented in December 2020 or early 2021.
According to the memo, the last revision, in 2009, “implemented standardized test forms for both the English and civics test requirements.”
The Trump administration has sought to crack down on legal and illegal immigration. And while it’s unclear what exactly the administration intends to change on the test, it appears to fall in line with the President’s agenda.