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Immigration: Homeland Security Releases New U.S. Citizenship Test Questions

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Until yesterday, applicants for U.S. citizenship had to study 100 civics test questions from which the immigration officer will ask 10, and the applicants must answer at least 6 correctly.

Today, the Department of Homeland Security, through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), released the new set of citizenship test questions – totalling 63.

Passing the citizenship exam will not be based on correct answers.  Rather, it will be based on a determination of whether the potential U.S. citizen is Authoritarian, Leftist, Rightist or Libertarian, as shown in the quadrants below:


In order to pass the test, the applicant must at least fall somewhere in, or close to, the lower left quadrant — meaning that he or she must be closer to being a Leftist and Libertarian.

The new test questions were developed in consultation with top Republican and Democratic candidates for president, namely, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.  They reflect the changing attitudes of Americans towards immigration and the war on terror.

Citizenship applicants are encouraged to review the new test questions before their scheduled interview.

HERE are the 63 test questions.



A recent rally in support of immigratio reform (Photo source: sayanythingblog.com)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles®) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has designated the Philippines for Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for a period of 12 months, effective July 1, 2015 until the new elected Philippine president takes office next year.

Under section 244(b)(1)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)(B), the Secretary of Homeland Security is authorized to designate a foreign state (or any part thereof) for TPS upon finding that the foreign state has experienced events or situations resulting in a substantial, but temporary, disruption of living conditions.

A similar status was just granted to Nepal which recently experienced a massive, devastating earthquake.

A TPS means that nationals from the desginated country who are in the U.S. illegally will be temporarily immune from deportation and are eligible to apply for work authorization or travel permit. While it does not automatically give them a permanent resident status, they are allowed to apply for a green card – if they qualify – once the period of TPS expires.

The TPS for the Philippines was based on extreme devastating living conditions in the country resulting from widespread political curruption and inefficiency of the Aquino administration. The Department of Homeland Security cited massive unemployment, high crime rate, lack of affordable housing, rising food prices, overcrowding in Metro Manila and other urban areas, and the nightmarish traffic conditions exacerbated by mismanagement of MRT, Metro Manila’s light railway system. This is not to mention that majority of politicians now in office are linked to  graft, corruption or plunder cases.

All these conditions are expected to significantly improve once Aquino steps down at the end of his presidential term in 2016.


WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the Department of Homeland Security has just released the revised test questionnaire for immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship.

It  is a far cry from the 100 potential questions that an immigration officer might ask a citizenship applicant.  There would only be one question, which is: ‘Name all the candidates for U.S. president in the 2016 elections.’ The citizenship applicant must correctly name all the candidates in this photo (as more candidates declare, their photos will be added to the citizenship test): image The single question replaces the 10 questions (from the list of 100) that the immigration officer could ask applicants during the naturalization interview.

Previously, in order to pass the civics text, the applicant must correctly answer 6 of the 10 questions. Now, its all all nothing.  Failure to identify ALL presidential candidates would mean a denial of the citizenship application.

Talk about streamlining the citizenship process.