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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Important Updates to the Naturalization Test

USCIS has revised the civics portion of the naturalization test. All applicants for naturalization with a filing date (also known as a received date) on or after Dec. 1, 2020, will be required to take the 2020 version of the civics test. For more information, visit The 2020 Version of the Civics Test page. Applicants for naturalization with a filing date before Dec. 1, 2020, are required to take the 2008 version of the civics test.

Some of the civics test resources listed on this page are for the 2008 version of the civics test.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister and civil rights leader. He worked to make America a more fair, tolerant, and equal nation. He was one of the main leaders of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Because of this movement, civil rights laws were passed to protect voting rights and end racial segregation in the United States. In recognition of his tireless efforts to win civil rights for all people through nonviolent means, Americans celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on the third Monday in January.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an important leader in U.S. history. Prospective citizens may be asked about Martin Luther King, Jr. and civil rights during the naturalization test. “What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?” and “What movement tried to end racial discrimination?” are two questions on the civics test.

For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we want to highlight some of the USCIS resources for learners and teachers that are related to this important day.


USCIS has educational materials to help you learn about the United States and prepare for the naturalization process. Here are several products that talk about Martin Luther King, Jr.: 


In addition to the products highlighted above, USCIS offers free online tools and materials for educators and volunteers. Some examples include:

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