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USCIS announces revision of the naturalization civics test and formalization of a decennial revision process

  1. Original Date Announced

    May 3, 2019

    USCIS convenes an internal working group to revise the naturalization civics test and assess changes to the naturalization speaking test, with revisions to be implemented in December 2020 or early 2021. USCIS is also instituting a process to recertify the civics test every ten years. [ID #649]

    USCIS Memorandum: Revision of the Naturalization Civics Test USCIS Announces Plan to Improve the Naturalization Test
  3. Biden Administration Action: Modified

    April 19, 2021

    The Naturalization Interview and Test - USCIS

    Beginning on April 19, 2021, USCIS is administering only the 2008 version of the civics test to naturalization applicants at their initial interview appointment, regardless of their filing date. USCIS will no longer offer the 2020 civics test at the initial interview. Applicants may be eligible to choose between the 2008 or 2020 test at their re-exam or N-336 hearing, so 2020 study materials remain available.

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  4. Biden Administration Action: Modified

    December 15, 2022

    Federal Register, Vol. 87, No. 240, 12/15/2022

    On December 15, 2022, USCIS announced it will begin trial testing a redesign of the civics and English language portions of the naturalization test in an effort to standardize and update the content. The trial testing will be conducted with community-based organizations and is expected to run for a five-month period in 2023. USCIS's Naturalization Test Redesign Initiative is expected to take approximately two years and be ready for implementation by late 2024.

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Current Status

Partially in effect

Most Recent Action

December 15, 2022 Action: Modified Federal Register, Vol. 87, No. 240, 12/15/2022
April 19, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration
December 15, 2022
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Proposed
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Naturalization
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Pre Trump-Era Policies

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