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USCIS Announces Reversion to Pre-2020 Naturalization Civics Test

If you have an upcoming interview with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to obtain United States Citizenship, you need to make sure that you are studying the right materials.  On February 22, 2021, USCIS announced it would revert to the 2008 version of the Naturalization Civics Test, beginning on March 1, 2021.  USCIS made the seemingly abrupt change after determining that the short-lived 2020 civics test development process, content, testing procedures, and implementation schedule may inadvertently create potential barriers to the naturalization process.

People who filed applications for naturalization December 1, 2020 through March 1, 2021 have probably been studying with materials meant for the 2020 version of the test. Therefore, according to the USCIS’ announcement, people who filed applications for naturalization between December 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021 will have the option to take either the 2020 Naturalization Civics Test, or the 2008 Naturalization Civics Test.  People who filed their application for naturalization after March 1, 2021, will take the 2008 version of the Naturalization Civics Test.  USCIS has posted study guides to help you prepare for the Naturalization Civics Test which can be found on the  Citizenship Resource Center on the USCIS website.

Preparing for your interview to obtain US Citizenship can be stressful and time consuming.  For many folks, it is the final step in an arduous and potentially life-changing journey.  If you are looking for an attorney to help you prepare and be there for you at your interview, consider calling Borton Petrini, LLP today, to schedule a consultation with one of our seasoned Immigration Lawyers, with convenient locations throughout California.


Chuck Bonneau is an attorney in the Sacramento, California office of Borton Petrini, LLP.  He practices in immigration law, family law and criminal law.




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