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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_1877619448-min.jpgTo become naturalized U.S. citizens, immigrants must fulfill many different criteria, including first achieving lawful permanent resident status, maintaining continuous residence in the U.S., and demonstrating good moral character. One of the final steps in becoming a U.S. citizen is passing a civics test, and this can be a source of apprehension for those who are unsure of what to expect. However, it is possible to study and prepare so that you can go into the test with greater confidence.

Which Version of the Civics Test Will I Take?

In 2020, the Trump administration introduced a revised civics test that doubled the number of questions asked and the number of correct responses required to pass. However, in early 2021, this new test was canceled. As of April 19, 2021, almost all immigrants pursuing naturalized citizenship will take the version of the test that was established in 2008.

The 2008 civics test is administered orally, in English, and includes 10 questions. In order to pass the civics test, you must respond correctly to 6 of the 10 questions. These questions are pulled from a list of 100 that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services provides as a study resource.

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Naperville Immigration AttorneyIn our last blog, we looked at recently passed Illinois legislation that provides new protections for immigrants, including by making it more difficult for ICE to detain immigrants in Illinois jails. Since then, the Biden administration has issued new guidance to ICE with the intention of reducing the detention of immigrants throughout the U.S. Specifically, the new directive aims to protect immigrants who have been victims of crimes.

Protection for Crime Victims

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers several options for immigrant crime victims to apply for protection and lawful status. These include:

  • U Visas - The U nonimmigrant status is available to victims of crimes related to mental and physical abuse who are willing to help law enforcement with the prosecution of the crimes.

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Bloomingdale Immigration LawyerOn Monday of this week, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed four bills into law and issued an executive order, all of which focus on improving the circumstances of immigrants throughout the state. These new developments may improve opportunities and quality of life for immigrants in Illinois, and, perhaps most notably, protect them from detention in removal and deportation cases. As a non-citizen or a family member of a non-citizen, these changes may have a positive impact on your situation in the near future.

Ending ICE Contracts

Of the four bills signed by Governor Pritzker, the measure that may provide the greatest relief for immigrants is Senate Bill 667, the Illinois Way Forward Act. This bill prohibits new or renewed contracts between the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) and local Illinois governments that would allow immigrants to be detained in public jails while they wait for their removal hearings. The bill also terminates any active contracts as of January 2022, providing relief for immigrants currently detained under contracts of this nature in McHenry County, Kankakee County, and Pulaski County.

In addition to the ban on ICE contracts, the bill also restricts the ways in which local law enforcement organizations may cooperate with ICE. Furthermore, it prohibits Illinois law enforcement officers from asking criminal detainees about their immigration status or discriminating in the treatment of detainees based on their immigration status.

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Illinois Immigration LawyerThe United States has a complicated history with undocumented immigrants or those who come to the U.S. without lawful immigration status. Many undocumented immigrants are at risk of removal or deportation, but in recent years, the Obama and Biden administrations have attempted to provide protections for some, including through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. However, a recent ruling from a federal judge in Texas has called the future of this program into question.

What is the DACA Program?

The DACA program, established by an executive directive from President Obama in 2012, allows certain undocumented immigrants to apply for the deferment of removal proceedings that may be initiated against them. Since the start of the program, applicants have been required to demonstrate that they meet certain criteria. For example:

  • Applicants must have come to the U.S. before their 16th birthday and resided continuously in the U.S. since June 15, 2007.

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Illinois immigration lawyerFor an immigrant to come to the U.S. on a fiancé(e) or family-based visa, they need an affidavit of support from a sponsor who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. Typically, the sponsor role is fulfilled by the person who files the petition for immigration on behalf of their relative or fiancé(e). If you intend to serve as a sponsor, it is crucial that you understand your responsibilities and obligations and what may happen if you do not fulfill them.

Commitments Made in an Affidavit of Support

When you sign an affidavit of support for another person’s immigration, the primary commitment you make is to take financial responsibility for supporting that person once they become a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the U.S. After achieving LPR status, immigrants are legally permitted to work in the U.S., so they are often able to support themselves at least partially. However, if they cannot do so, you are responsible for providing for their financial needs.

It may come as a surprise that you will still be ultimately responsible for the person you sponsor even if they qualify for means-tested public benefits like Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Though the government may provide these benefits upfront, you will be expected to repay them in full. You will also remain responsible for a spouse whom you sponsor even if your marriage ends in divorce.

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