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USCIS Reverts to the 2008 Version of the Naturalization Civics Test

On February 22, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it is reverting to the 2008 version of the naturalization civics test beginning March 1, 2021:

“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 after April 19, 2021, USCIS will only offer the 2008 civics test at the initial interview appointment regardless of filing date.”

For more information, please visit https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/2020test

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The Pollard Memorial Library’s Citizenship Program offers many new resources to help you on the path to naturalization:

    • Informational appointments are available to discuss the general citizenship process and how best to prepare for the citizenship test. (Please note: No legal advice is given or offered at appointments.)
    • Free multi-week citizenship preparation courses
    • Free one-on-one Citizenship Interview Practice sessions
    • The Citizenship Corner, located in the Reference Room on the Second Floor of the library, has U.S. citizenship test preparation materials, including books, flashcards, and DVDs. These materials are all available for check out, thanks to funding from the Pollard Memorial Library Foundation And don’t forget the helpful web links that can be found below.

8-week Citizenship Preparation Courses – All classes are taught via ZOOM.

The Abisi Adult Education Center will be offering Spring Citizenship Classes beginning the week of April 5, 2021.  The 7-week citizenship classes will conclude the week of May 24.
Morning Class Schedule:
The morning classes will meet twice a week. Students must be able to attend both days.
Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 am – 10:15 am
OR
Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Evening Class Schedule
The evening classes meet once a week
Monday from 6:00 pm – 8:15 pm.

OR

Tuesday from 6:00 pm – 8:15 pm.

Students have a choice of 2-day a week morning class or 1-day a week evening class.

Students need to indicate which class they are registering for on the Google form. If you can attend either class, please type that. 

Classes are small, so space is limited.

Once students register, you will receive an email registration confirmation and the ZOOM link for class.
Please note: To be eligible to take the Citizenship Preparation Course, students should be able to answer “yes” to the following questions:

  • Have you been a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder) of the U.S. for at least 5 years (3 years if married to a U.S. citizen)?
  • Are you able to read, write, and speak intermediate English?
  • Will you be able to attend all classes during the 10-week citizenship course?

If you are interested in registering for an upcoming citizenship class or for more information, please call Gail at 978-710-7781. (Please leave a message if she is unavailable.) You can also email Gail at gcpf42@yahoo.com.  

Register via the Google Form at https://forms.gle/bTKpjRMGEUL8Hccd6

Becoming a U.S. Citizen: Helpful Resources from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):

• Learn about Naturalization/General Eligibility Requirements
https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/learn-about-naturalization

• Apply for Citizenship
https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/apply-citizenship

• Exceptions and Accommodations (to the naturalization requirements)
https://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship/citizenship-through-naturalization/exceptions-accommodations

• Information on Filing a Fee Waiver
https://www.uscis.gov/feewaiver

• Information on Filing a Reduced Fee Request
https://www.uscis.gov/reduced

Preparing and Practicing for the Citizenship Test:

•USCIS: Civics Tools Study Tools Mobile App (USCIS)

iTunes | Google Play

What’s on the Test? (USCIS)

https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/study-test

• Study Materials for the English Test (USCIS)
https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/study-test/study-materials-english-test

• Study Materials for the Civics Test (USCIS)
https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/study-test/study-materials-civics-test

• Civics Practice Test (USCIS)
https://my.uscis.gov/prep/test/civics

• Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship (Smithsonian National Museum of American History/USCIS)
http://americanhistory.si.edu/citizenship/

LearningExpress Library (Pollard Library Electronic Resource)

Select “Adult Learning Center,” then select “Become a U.S. Citizen.” This interactive tutorial consists of the 100 Civics questions

Other Helpful Web Resources:

• Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government
https://bensguide.gpo.gov/

• El Civics for ESL Students
http://elcivics.com/

• U.S. Presidents of the United States/Our Government
https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/presidents/