• Filip Kobylecki

Naturalization Civics Exam Updated

The USCIS has announced a significant policy update regarding the civics exam required during the naturalization interview. Generally applicants for citizenship via naturalization are first required to submit a Form N-400 with a variety of supporting documentation to show that they have satisfied the continuous residency, physical presence, and good moral character requirements. In addition to these requirements, virtually all naturalization applicants are also interviewed and administered a test to ensure they have a basic understanding of the English language and U.S. civics. This latter test is quite straightforward and can be prepared for in advance, given that the USCIS publishes the bank of civics test questions here.

Naturalization applicants should now be aware of new USCIS updates to this bank of questions which become effective on December 1, 2020. The total number of possible questions has been increased from 100 to 128. Further, the number of questions asked at the naturalization interview will be increased from 10 to 20. The previous 60% rate required to pass will be retained, so applicants are required to answer at least 12 of the 20 questions correctly.

Among the new questions added in this update are questions such as "There are three branches of government. Why?", "Many documents influenced the U.S. Constitution. Name one.", and "Supreme Court justices serve for life. Why?" Applicants are encouraged to review the new bank of 128 questions for answers to such new queries and can find up to date answers to certain time sensitive questions here.

If you are an applicant for naturalization and would like assistance with preparing for your civics and/or English language test, please let us know and our office will be happy to assist you in light of these new changes.