Alexander Praises Naturalization Test Redesign

Posted on September 27, 2007

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today praised the announcement of a redesigned naturalization test that legal immigrants must pass in order to become U.S. citizens: “This redesigned test will help make sure that legal immigrants understand what it means to become an American,” Alexander said. “By focusing on the democratic principles that unite us, the redesign is a clear improvement, though it could have been even better if it also focused on understanding the oath new citizens must take.” The test is administered to legal permanent residents (green card holders) who apply for citizenship and have resided in the U.S. for five years and demonstrated good character (by passing a background check). Legal immigrants who pass the test are then required to renounce their former government and swear allegiance to the United States to become U.S. citizens. Alexander continued, “Our country is proud of our diversity, but even more proud we are all American. I have attended naturalization ceremonies across Tennessee – a moving experience where new Americans swore an Oath of Allegiance to this country. These ceremonies embody what it means to become an American and I hope every U.S. citizen will have the opportunity to see one.” Further information about the test redesign is available from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at: