Important Information about the Citizenship Test
Posted by Laura McLoughlin on February 26, 2021 in categoryNewscategoryAdvocacy

On Monday, February 22, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it plans to revert to the 2008 version of the citizenship civics test effective March 1, 2021. 

On December 1, 2020, USCIS implemented a revised civics test. At that time, USCIS invited public comments about changes to the test. ProLiteracy, along with many other organizations, submitted comments outlining ways in which the changes to the test content, process, and testing procedures would make the process lengthier and more difficult and for an individual to achieve citizenship. 

On February 2, President Biden signed an executive order, Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans. The order directs a review of the naturalization process in order to eliminate barriers and ensure accessibility by all eligible individuals. 

Students who filed their naturalization applications on or after December 1, 2020, but before March 1, 2021, with an interview scheduled before April 19, 2021, will be able to choose to take either the 2008 or the 2020 civics test. USCIS has indicated that they will notify applicants who are affected. Students whose interviews are scheduled on or after April 19, 2021, will take the 2008 civics test. 

Details about the civics test can be found on USCIS’ Citizenship Resource Center page. On Wednesday, March 3, 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET, USCIS will be conducting a webinar to outline the differences between the 2008 and 2020 tests and provide educator resources for citizenship preparation. 

In addition, New Readers Press’ Citizenship Passing the Test is available for citizenship preparation for ELL students. Information on the Citizenship: Passing the Test page explains how instructors can use the product to prepare for the 2020 test, if necessary. 

Thank you to everyone who submitted comments to USCIS about these test changes. Our advocacy efforts have created change! 




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