Starting December 1, applicants for U.S. citizenship will have to correctly answer at least 12 of 20 questions posed by immigration officials. The current civics test requires immigrants to correctly answer 6 questions out of a total of 10.
The civics test is one several required steps immigrants need to fulfill before becoming naturalized U.S. citizens — a process administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Most applicants also undergo another test to demonstrate their ability to read, write and speak basic English.
Biden wants to expand opportunities for legal immigration, including family and work-based visas as well as access to humanitarian visa programs. Biden’s immediate moves would largely entail rescinding various actions initiated under Trump that barred immigrants from certain countries and curtailed legal immigration, including new restrictions on asylum and rules making it harder for poor immigrants to obtain legal status.
Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s judicial philosophy and independence will be tested almost immediately by a battery of U.S. Supreme Court challenges related to elections, Trump administration immigration policies, abortion, the Affordable Care Act and religion and LGBT discrimination.
Release Date 10/16/2020 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it will increase fees for premium processing, effective Oct. 19, as required by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act, Pub. L. No. 116-159, signed into law on […]
“To continue to limit the spread of COVID, the US, Mexico, & Canada will extend the restrictions on non-essential travel through Nov 21,” he tweeted. “We are working closely with Mexico & Canada to identify safe criteria to ease the restrictions in the future & support our border communities.”
In the past, when companies needed to hire new employees to fill important jobs, it usually required the physical relocation of talent. Immigration was always considered a way for growing companies to bring new labor or talent into a country, but it also required a lot of paperwork and process.
After the 2008 recession, immigrants were twice as likely as native-born Americans to start businesses, according to New American Economy. Today, more than 3 million immigrant entrepreneurs live in the United States.
Congress will allow the agency to raise the fee for premium processing and expand it to cover new immigration categories. The measure is part of H.R. 8337, an appropriations bill to fund the federal government that passed the House and Senate at the end of September 2020 and was signed into law by the president.
New York Governor and National Governors Association Chairman Andrew Cuomo and Arkansas Governor and NGA Vice Chairman Asa Hutchinson issued the following statement: This Is a National Problem, and It Demands a Bipartisan and National Solution
A federal judge in California ruled in favor of immigration groups, including the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, who challenged a new rule that would have increased by 81% the cost to apply to become a U.S. citizen.