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Naturalization and Citizenship 101: Naturalization Updates

This is a guide on how to navigate the U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Process with links to guides, organizations, and other resources to help you through the process from start to finish.

Latest USCIS Updates, News, and Changes

USCIS News: Latest Headlines:  Click the blue hyperlink of "USCIS News: Latest Headlines" to see all the latest headlines, news, and changes that the USCIS is making.  

Latest USCIS Alerts:  Click the blue hyperlink "Latest USCIS Alerts" to go and see the latests alerts that have been released by the USCIS.  It'll allow you to stay up to date on all the changes USCIS might make.  

New York State Office of New Americans Event Calendar:  Click on this link to go to the New York State Office of New Americans Website and see where the latest Immigration Events and Presentations will be.

New York Office of New Americans: News and Events: Click the blue hyperlink and it will take you to the New York State Office of New Americans news and events page.  This page will provide you with even more information about the latest changes and headline from USCIS.  

Nassau County Office of Hispanic Affairs: Click the blue hyperlink "Nassau County Office of Hispanic Affairs" and it will take you to the Nassau County Office of Hispanic Affairs for more information.  This website will also provide you with additional information on the immigration process

Latest Changes:

  • The new N-400 applications has been updated and released

  • N-400 Application fee is going from $725.00 to $1070,00 (Effective Friday, October 2, 2020)

  • Most fee waiver applications have been eliminated including the N-400 Application

  • New 128 questions revised and updated naturalization test was released effective Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

  • The USCIS states that, "USCIS will administer the 2020 version of the civics test and 2008 version of the civics test at the same time for a certain time period. You will take one version or the other, depending on when you filed your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization."

  • New Naturalization Test is now 128 questions with naturalization officers now be asking 20 questions per test and you must now get 12 answers correct to pass this test.  

  • No changes to the reading, speaking and writing portions of the test.  

  • Still allowed two chances to pass each portion of the test.   

  • Please note that due to the recent presidential election a new presidential administration will be taking power on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.  All rules, laws, policies, and procedures will be subject to change as of that day.  However, we will continue to teach about the newly released information and naturalization test.  The situation will be really fluid over the next few months to year as the new administration will evaluate everything  the previous administration and might make changes.  We will work to keep up with any new changes as they might come about.  

 

NEW UPDATE: AS 3/3/21

Important Updates Regarding the 2020 Version of the Civics Test

On Dec. 1, 2020, USCIS implemented a revised version of the civics test for naturalization (2020 civics test). Due to recent policy changes, some applicants required to take the 2020 civics test may now have a choice to take the 2020 test or the 2008 civics test. Please note that beginning on April 19, 2021, USCIS will only offer the 2008 civics test at the initial interview appointment regardless of filing date.

To help you determine which test you will take, read the information on this page.