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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Tunisia
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USCIS is going back to the 2008 Civic test. Glad I did not start preparing for it yet. 

 

Applicants who filed their application for naturalization on or after Dec. 1, 2020, and before March 1, 2021, likely have been studying for the 2020 test; therefore, USCIS will give these applicants the option to take either the 2020 civics test or the 2008 civics test. There will be a transition period where both tests are being offered. The 2020 test will be phased out on April 19, 2021, for initial test takers. Applicants filing on or after March 1, 2021, will take the 2008 civics test.

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Good use of our fees to draw up a whole new test only to scrap it a few months later! 

*~*~*moved from “progress reports” to “general discussion”*~*~*


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27 minutes ago, JFH said:

Good use of our fees to draw up a whole new test only to scrap it a few months later! 

*~*~*moved from “progress reports” to “general discussion”*~*~*

Might want to add into existing thread in this section ?

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Russia
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**Similar threads merged. Please keep all discussion to the citizenship test news to this thread.**

 

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https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/policy-manual-updates/20210222-CivicsTest.pdf:

  • For December 1, 2020 or later filers that interview before March 1, 2021 it must be the new 2020 version of test. (I'm pretty sure this is no one because that would be an unrealistic processing time.)
  • For December 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021 filers, the applicant can choose to take either the 2008 version or the 2020 version IF the interview is before April 19, 2021.
  • Everyone that interviews on or after April 19, 2021 must take the 2008 version.

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: India
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1 hour ago, Redheadguy03 said:

Okkkk so my wife is eligible soon. Check my timeline please, so when should she apply to make sure she takes the "easier" test?

It doesn’t matter what your wife’s timeline is. If she has the interview prior to April 19, she will have the option to take either version of the test, assuming she filed between Dec 1 and Mar 1. All interviews after April 19 will only be given the 2008 version of the test. 


My USCIS Journey...

 

I had an I-485 filing already submitted through an employment-based application. Post-marriage, I submitted an I-130, which after being approved was interfiled with the existing I-485.

I-130 Timeline:

04/04/13 - Day 000 - I-130 packet sent via FedEx

04/05/13 - Day 001 - I-130 packet delivered

04/08/13 - Day 004 - NOA 1

04/11/13 - Day 007 - NOA1 hard copy received - case under initial review

11/18/13 - Day 228 - Case transferred fom NBC to TSC

12/09/13 - Day 249 - NOA 2 - I-130 APPROVED!

Interfiling/AOS Timeline:

01/03/14 - Day 274 - Interfiling request received by USCIS

04/03/14 - Day 364 - Interfiling service request sent

04/30/14 - Day 391 - Second interfiling service request sent

05/19/14 - Day 410 - Email sent asking for case status update

06/04/14 - Day 426 - Response received that I-485 was transferred to NBC

06/05/14 - Day 427 - I-485 updated to "sent to local office for processing"

07/02/14 - Day 454 - Status changed to testing & interview. Interview date August 4!!

08/04/14 - Day 487 - Mini-Stokes interview. IO intended on approving AOS but computer did not show I-130 approval. The wait goes on...

08/18/14 - Day 501 - Spoke with Tier 2 IO - said that my I-485 is approved but no card prodn ordered. Asked to call back in 2 weeks if no update.

08/29/14 - Day 512 - Spoke with Tier 2 IO - said that my I-485 was not approved yet, but my file was with an IO for a decision

09/03/14 - Day 517 - Wrote a request to my Congressman asking for assistance

09/09/14 - Day 523 - Status updated to Card/Document Production

09/15/14 - Day 529 - Status update - Card mailed to address on record/permanent resident status registered

09/15/14 - Day 529 - Status update - Card picked up by USPS.

09/16/14 - Day 530 - GREEN CARD RECEIVED IN THE MAIL!!

I-751 Timeline:

05/25/16 - Day 000 - I-751packet mailed to CSC

05/27/16 - Day 002 - I-751 packet received at CSC

06/02/16 - Day 008 - Check cashed

06/03/16 - Day 009 - NOA1 received. Receipt Date: 05/27/16

06/10/16 - Day 016 - Biometrics appointment notice received - appointment date 6/22/16

06/22/16 - Day 028 - Biometrics Appointment - complete

01/04/17 - Day 224 - Status update - ROC Approved!  Card production ordered.

01/09/17 - Day 229 - Status update - Approval notice letter received.  Also received notification that card has been mailed.

01/11/17 - Day 231 - Card received in the mail!

N-400 Timeline:

12/02/20 - Day 000 - N-400 application submitted online; case received.

01/06/20 - Day 035 - Biometrics reuse notification received.

 

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: India
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4 hours ago, HRQX said:

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/policy-manual-updates/20210222-CivicsTest.pdf:

  • For December 1, 2020 or later filers that interview before March 1, 2021 it must be the new 2020 version of test. (I'm pretty sure this is no one because that would be an unrealistic processing time.)
  • For December 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021 filers, the applicant can choose to take either the 2008 version or the 2020 version IF the interview is before April 19, 2021.
  • Everyone that interviews on or after April 19, 2021 must take the 2008 version.

I don't believe the highlighted sentence is accurate.  I think at this point, nobody will be forced to take the 2020 test, regardless of when their interview takes place.  Based on the policy update highlight below, it looks like folks who files between December 1 and March 1 will have the option to take either test.  Folks filing after March 1 will only be given the 2008 test.   

 

"Provides that USCIS will give applicants the choice to either take the 2008 civics test or the 2020 civics test in cases where applicants filed their naturalization application on or after December 1, 2020 and before March 1, 2021, and where the initial examination (interview) is scheduled to occur before April 19, 2021"


My USCIS Journey...

 

I had an I-485 filing already submitted through an employment-based application. Post-marriage, I submitted an I-130, which after being approved was interfiled with the existing I-485.

I-130 Timeline:

04/04/13 - Day 000 - I-130 packet sent via FedEx

04/05/13 - Day 001 - I-130 packet delivered

04/08/13 - Day 004 - NOA 1

04/11/13 - Day 007 - NOA1 hard copy received - case under initial review

11/18/13 - Day 228 - Case transferred fom NBC to TSC

12/09/13 - Day 249 - NOA 2 - I-130 APPROVED!

Interfiling/AOS Timeline:

01/03/14 - Day 274 - Interfiling request received by USCIS

04/03/14 - Day 364 - Interfiling service request sent

04/30/14 - Day 391 - Second interfiling service request sent

05/19/14 - Day 410 - Email sent asking for case status update

06/04/14 - Day 426 - Response received that I-485 was transferred to NBC

06/05/14 - Day 427 - I-485 updated to "sent to local office for processing"

07/02/14 - Day 454 - Status changed to testing & interview. Interview date August 4!!

08/04/14 - Day 487 - Mini-Stokes interview. IO intended on approving AOS but computer did not show I-130 approval. The wait goes on...

08/18/14 - Day 501 - Spoke with Tier 2 IO - said that my I-485 is approved but no card prodn ordered. Asked to call back in 2 weeks if no update.

08/29/14 - Day 512 - Spoke with Tier 2 IO - said that my I-485 was not approved yet, but my file was with an IO for a decision

09/03/14 - Day 517 - Wrote a request to my Congressman asking for assistance

09/09/14 - Day 523 - Status updated to Card/Document Production

09/15/14 - Day 529 - Status update - Card mailed to address on record/permanent resident status registered

09/15/14 - Day 529 - Status update - Card picked up by USPS.

09/16/14 - Day 530 - GREEN CARD RECEIVED IN THE MAIL!!

I-751 Timeline:

05/25/16 - Day 000 - I-751packet mailed to CSC

05/27/16 - Day 002 - I-751 packet received at CSC

06/02/16 - Day 008 - Check cashed

06/03/16 - Day 009 - NOA1 received. Receipt Date: 05/27/16

06/10/16 - Day 016 - Biometrics appointment notice received - appointment date 6/22/16

06/22/16 - Day 028 - Biometrics Appointment - complete

01/04/17 - Day 224 - Status update - ROC Approved!  Card production ordered.

01/09/17 - Day 229 - Status update - Approval notice letter received.  Also received notification that card has been mailed.

01/11/17 - Day 231 - Card received in the mail!

N-400 Timeline:

12/02/20 - Day 000 - N-400 application submitted online; case received.

01/06/20 - Day 035 - Biometrics reuse notification received.

 

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19 minutes ago, BlueDevil said:

I don't believe the highlighted sentence is accurate.

It is accurate. The change isn't effective till: "This policy is effective on March 1, 2021 and will be incorporated into the Policy Manual accordingly." https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/policy-manual-updates/20210222-CivicsTest.pdf Page 3

 

But like I mentioned, it's very unlikely that a December 1, 2020 (or later) filer has the interview by this Friday (USCIS usually wouldn't conduct the interview on Saturday or Sunday) :

4 hours ago, HRQX said:

(I'm pretty sure this is no one because that would be an unrealistic processing time.)

 

Edited by HRQX

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24 minutes ago, HRQX said:

It is accurate. The change isn't effective till: "This policy is effective on March 1, 2021 and will be incorporated into the Policy Manual accordingly." https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/policy-manual-updates/20210222-CivicsTest.pdf Page 3

 

But like I mentioned, it's very unlikely that a December 1, 2020 (or later) filer has the interview by this Friday (USCIS usually wouldn't conduct the interview on Saturday or Sunday) :

 

Ah! Thanks for that.  I missed the effective date of the policy change.  Typical for USCIS to leave things rather fuzzy!  Here's one other thing I noticed:

 

"There will be a brief period during which USCIS may offer both versions of the test to accommodate certain naturalization applicants who filed on or after December 1, 2020 and before..."

 

Notice that this sentence says "may offer" not will offer.  🙄


My USCIS Journey...

 

I had an I-485 filing already submitted through an employment-based application. Post-marriage, I submitted an I-130, which after being approved was interfiled with the existing I-485.

I-130 Timeline:

04/04/13 - Day 000 - I-130 packet sent via FedEx

04/05/13 - Day 001 - I-130 packet delivered

04/08/13 - Day 004 - NOA 1

04/11/13 - Day 007 - NOA1 hard copy received - case under initial review

11/18/13 - Day 228 - Case transferred fom NBC to TSC

12/09/13 - Day 249 - NOA 2 - I-130 APPROVED!

Interfiling/AOS Timeline:

01/03/14 - Day 274 - Interfiling request received by USCIS

04/03/14 - Day 364 - Interfiling service request sent

04/30/14 - Day 391 - Second interfiling service request sent

05/19/14 - Day 410 - Email sent asking for case status update

06/04/14 - Day 426 - Response received that I-485 was transferred to NBC

06/05/14 - Day 427 - I-485 updated to "sent to local office for processing"

07/02/14 - Day 454 - Status changed to testing & interview. Interview date August 4!!

08/04/14 - Day 487 - Mini-Stokes interview. IO intended on approving AOS but computer did not show I-130 approval. The wait goes on...

08/18/14 - Day 501 - Spoke with Tier 2 IO - said that my I-485 is approved but no card prodn ordered. Asked to call back in 2 weeks if no update.

08/29/14 - Day 512 - Spoke with Tier 2 IO - said that my I-485 was not approved yet, but my file was with an IO for a decision

09/03/14 - Day 517 - Wrote a request to my Congressman asking for assistance

09/09/14 - Day 523 - Status updated to Card/Document Production

09/15/14 - Day 529 - Status update - Card mailed to address on record/permanent resident status registered

09/15/14 - Day 529 - Status update - Card picked up by USPS.

09/16/14 - Day 530 - GREEN CARD RECEIVED IN THE MAIL!!

I-751 Timeline:

05/25/16 - Day 000 - I-751packet mailed to CSC

05/27/16 - Day 002 - I-751 packet received at CSC

06/02/16 - Day 008 - Check cashed

06/03/16 - Day 009 - NOA1 received. Receipt Date: 05/27/16

06/10/16 - Day 016 - Biometrics appointment notice received - appointment date 6/22/16

06/22/16 - Day 028 - Biometrics Appointment - complete

01/04/17 - Day 224 - Status update - ROC Approved!  Card production ordered.

01/09/17 - Day 229 - Status update - Approval notice letter received.  Also received notification that card has been mailed.

01/11/17 - Day 231 - Card received in the mail!

N-400 Timeline:

12/02/20 - Day 000 - N-400 application submitted online; case received.

01/06/20 - Day 035 - Biometrics reuse notification received.

 

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16 minutes ago, INF said:

Can someone explain to me the difference between the two tests?

For 2020 version, applicants had to study 128 questions to be prepared whereas with the 2008 version applicants just had to study 100 questions. Also with 2008 version, after applicant answered 6 questions correctly (but no more than 4 incorrect) the applicant passed and didn't have to answer more civics test questions. With 2020 version applicant had to answer 20 questions and passed if the score was 12/20 or better. Some questions were made harder in 2020 version: https://mobile.twitter.com/ReichlinMelnick/status/1327309164520099840 And some were controversial: https://mobile.twitter.com/ReichlinMelnick/status/1327312188269268997

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