Key Points
  • USCIS plans to implement an amended naturalization civics test
  • The civics test is required for most individuals seeking US citizenship
  • The new naturalization civics test will be implemented on December 1, 2020
Overview

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to implement a revised naturalization civics test. The civics test is required for most individuals applying for US citizenship.

What are the Changes?

The updated test will add more questions to test applicants’ knowledge of US civics and history. Along with changes to the naturalization test itself, the test preparation process will be updated to provide applicants with more resources to learn more about the United States.

Who is Affected?

The naturalization test is a statutory requirement for US citizenship. However, special considerations apply for lawful permanent residents aged 65 or older and have been in the US for at least 20 years.

What Should Applicants Know?

Applicants must achieve a score of 60% to pass the test, which means they must answer 12 out of 20 questions correctly.

Looking Ahead

The new naturalization test applies to applications for US citizenship submitted on or after December 1, 2020. Applications submitted for US citizenship before then will be subject to the current test.


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