Updated US Naturalization Test Coming in 2020

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USCIS has announced that an updated US Naturalization Test is being piloted in 2019 and will be used beginning December 2020 or very early in 2021. Naturalization is the legal process to grant citizenship to a foreign-born person. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has gathered a group of experts to update the test questions, and will also assess potential changes to the oral section of the test.

Becoming a naturalized United States citizen is a dream come true for many immigrants. Being a U.S. citizen grants you many benefits including the right to vote, hold public office and to work federal jobs. To become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you must complete a citizenship application N-400.

USCIS says that it is updating the test to assure that “it continues to serve as an accurate measure of a naturalization applicant’s civics knowledge.”

The naturalization test currently asks applicants 10 random questions from a potential list of 100 on three subjects:

  • American government
  • American history and
  • Integrated civics, which includes American geography, symbols and holidays.

Applicants for U.S. citizenship must answer at least six out of the 10 questions correctly to pass the test. In 2018 USCIS naturalized more than 750,000 people, a 5-year high. USCIS reports a pass rate of 90% for the citizenship test.

Naturalization Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years  of age or older
  • A Permanent resident of 5 years (3 years via marriage to U.S. citizen)
  • Good Moral Character
  • Ability to read, write and speak basic English
  • Knowledge of U.S. government
  • Residency and presence in the United States

If you meet the naturalization requirements and your N-400 application is approved, you must take the U.S. Naturalization Test and having a personal interview.

Do You Want to Apply for Naturalization?

Applying for U.S. citizenship can be confusing, and errors or missed deadlines can be costly or hurt your case. You may also qualify for expedited naturalization in certain instances. Immigration Simplified is an alternative to the expense of hiring an immigration lawyer or managing your application yourself. An Immigration Simplified attorney can guide you through the process and help you file correctly the first time. We review your case, provide you with the proper forms and help you submit your citizenship application. Please contact our office or call us at (312) 883-9944.

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