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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.

For more information, visit The 2020 Version of the Civics Test page.
 

Museums are an important part of their communities. Many museums provide support and opportunities for lifelong learning, making them an ideal source for citizenship education and outreach initiatives designed for immigrants interested in learning more about naturalization and to educate the general public about citizenship and immigration in the United States.

Museums often encourage civic engagement as well, which can include not only learning about U.S. history and government, but also about what it means to be an active and responsible citizen. Additionally, museums may have historical displays, collections, and artifacts that are relevant to civics education and to the themes and content that immigrants preparing for citizenship need to learn for the naturalization test.

Through our joint effort with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), we seek to support museums by offering public information and engagement opportunities, and by distributing educational materials and training resources on immigration and citizenship.

What Museums Can Do to Participate

  1. Include exhibits on citizenship and immigration, such as a display on the immigration experience, as part of larger museum programming. Incorporate artifacts from your collection to tell the story.

  2. Explore the list of available citizenship education resources on the USCIS Citizenship Resource Center

  3. Host USCIS administrative naturalization ceremonies. Many museums feature beautiful spaces and ideal locations for hosting naturalization ceremonies. Ceremonies can be hosted at a full range of museum types – not only historic houses and history museums that might have a direct connection to U.S. history and government themes – but also children’s museums and art museums, as well as aquariums, planetariums, and zoos.

  4. Visit the Citizenship Public Education and Awareness page to print and distribute outreach materials and posters. You will also find promotional radio and television PSAs that can be added to your webpage.

  5. Host a tour for a local citizenship class. Use the class locator tool on our website to find community-based organizations that serve immigrants and offer citizenship classes in your community. Invite the class to visit your museum as part of their citizenship curriculum.

  6. Participate in a teacher training. USCIS provides free training workshops for adult educators on how to teach U.S. history and civics to immigrants.

  7. Contact IMLS or your local USCIS community relations officer (PDF, 110.52 KB) for further information and guidance on the support and opportunities available for museums.

  8. Sign up for free email alerts with important news and information from USCIS. First, enter your email address. Then, under the “Outreach” topic, put a check mark next to “Updates from USCIS-IMLS.”

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