On February 22, 2021, USCIS announced that it was reverting the naturalization civics test that begins on March 1, 2021, to the 2008 version. The move has been made to avoid the potential barriers to the process of naturalization that were found cropping up with the 2020 version of the civics test. These barriers get created in the test development process, testing procedures, content, and schedule of implementation of the 2020 version.
The reversal was decided upon being consistent with the framework of the executive order that aimed at the restoration of faith in the legal US immigration systems. The reversal was a result of a comprehensive review of the process of naturalization prevalent in the US.
The 2008 version of the civics test is applicable to those who applied for US citizenship via naturalization. It’s a statutory requirement for naturalization. It aims at testing the knowledge and comprehension of US history, the form of government, and the principles upheld by the country.
Those who applied for naturalization between December 1, 2020, and March 1, 2021, will be given the option to choose between the 2020 and 2008 versions of the civics test. This is an option given in the transition period that leads to the complete adoption of the 2008 version. This transition period will be till April 19, 2021, for those taking the test for the first time. Those who are applying on or after March 1, 2021, must take the 2008 version of the civics test.
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USCIS – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services