Tuesday February 23, 2021

USCIS WILL REVERT TO 2008 VERSION OF NATURALIZATION CIVICS TEST

by Rabindra Singh

Today, USCIS announced its plan to revert to the 2008 version of the naturalization civics test.  

On December 1, 2020, USCIS, under Trump administration, had implemented a revised naturalization civics test naturalization civics test (2020 civics test). In addition to making changes to the test content, the 2020 civics test updated the number of questions for applicants to study (from 100 possible questions in the prior 2008 civics test to 128 possible questions in the 2020 civics test) and updated the number of questions applicants must answer correctly to pass from six out of 10 to 12 out of 20 questions. 

Effective March 1, 2021, USCIS will revert to the 2008 version of the civics test.

In response to the approximately 2,500 comments from the public regarding the 2020 civics test and the policy, and in keeping with the Executive Order on Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion, which directs a comprehensive review of the naturalization process to eliminate barriers and make the process more accessible to all eligible individuals, USCIS decided to revert to the 2008 test. 

There will be a brief period during which USCIS may offer both versions of the test to accommodate certain naturalization applicants who filed on or after December 1, 2020 and before March 1, 2021 and are scheduled for an interview before April 19, 2021. 

To effectuate the announced change today, USCIS is updating Volume 12 of its Policy Manual

Listed below are the Policy Highlights

  • USCIS will administer the 2008 civics test to applicants who filed for naturalization before December 1, 2020, or who will file on or after March 1, 2021. 
  • USCIS will give applicants the choice to either take the 2008 civics test or the 2020 civics test in cases where applicants filed their naturalization application on or after December 1, 2020 and before March 1, 2021, and where the initial examination (interview) is scheduled to occur before April 19, 2021. 
  • USCIS will administer the 2008 civics test to all applicants whose initial examination (interview) is scheduled to occur on or after April 19, 2021 (regardless of filing date). 
  • USCIS will only ask civics test questions until the applicant passes or fails either the 2008 civics test or the 2020 civics test. 

If you need additional information about today’s update or need help in filing naturalization application, please reach out to us at info@hsdimmigration.com 

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