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USCIS Updates Civics Educational Requirement for Purposes of Naturalization

USCIS updated policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the educational requirements for naturalization on the knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the history, and of the principles and form of government, of the United States. This update becomes effective December 1, 2020, and applies to naturalization applications filed on or after that date. USCIS will adjudicate applications filed before the effective date based on the previous policy.


  • Increases the amount of civics test questions from 100 to 128, the number of test questions for the exam from 10 to 20 , and the number of correct answers needed to pass the civics test from 6 to 12. The passing score of 60 percent correct will not change.

  • USCIS will continue to administer 10 test questions (with required 6 correct answers) to applicants who qualify for special consideration because they are age 65 or older and have been lawful permanent residents for at least 20 years.

  • Officers will ask all 20 test questions even if the applicant achieves a passing score earlier.

Immigration advocate are seeing this as another attempt of administration to create barrier for immigrants. Contact our law office if you have questions about this update.

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