There are already many obstacles to achieving citizenship in the United States and experts say President Donald Trump’s new naturalization test will make the process harder for Massachusetts immigrants.
Earlier this month, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began issuing a new version of the citizenship exam that increases the number of questions applicants must prepare to know from 100 to 128. Applicants will be asked 20 of those questions and must get 12 correct, as opposed to the previous standard of asking 10 questions and requiring six to be correct.
The challenges to obtaining citizenship were discussed at “Reducing Barriers to Citizenship,” the third installment of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Coalition’s fall speaker series.
Jessica Chicco, a staff attorney for MIRA, said there are more than 200,000 green card holders in Massachusetts eligible to apply for citizenship. Yet, she said there are many hurdles to becoming a citizen.