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USCIS Revising Guidance on Naturalization Civics Educational Requirement

USCIS is updating its policy guidance regarding the educational requirements for naturalization (U.S. citizenship) to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the history, and of the principles and form of government, of the United States (civics) under section 312 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).


Following are the important highlights of the updated Policy Guidance:

  • 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.

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