On Nov. 13, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that a revised version of the naturalization civics test will be administered to applicants who apply for naturalization on or after Dec. 1, 2020. The civics test is administered as part of the naturalization interview at USCIS. The revised test will require applicants to study 128 civic items (up from 100) and answer 20 questions. However, the passing score requirement will remain at 60%, meaning that candidates must answer at least 12 out of 20 questions correctly to pass. USCIS will also maintain current guidelines for statutorily established special considerations for applicants who are 65 years old or older and have at least 20 years of lawful permanent resident status. These individuals will need to answer at least 6 out of 10 questions correctly in order to pass. Updated test items and study guides can be found on the Citizenship Resource Center section of the USCIS website.

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Lizbeth M. Chow ‡

Lizbeth M. Chow advises multinational corporate clients across various industries, including architecture, financial, food chain, and technology, on a broad variety of corporate immigration matters, including nonimmigrant visas (e.g., E-3, H-1B, L-1, TN), consular processing, permanent residence, and citizenship. Lizbeth helps global businesses…

Lizbeth M. Chow advises multinational corporate clients across various industries, including architecture, financial, food chain, and technology, on a broad variety of corporate immigration matters, including nonimmigrant visas (e.g., E-3, H-1B, L-1, TN), consular processing, permanent residence, and citizenship. Lizbeth helps global businesses manage their employees’ international assignments and understand the employment of foreign nationals on both a temporary and permanent basis in the United States. She ensures clients’ compliance with immigration laws, Department of Labor regulations, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services policies.

Before joining Greenberg Traurig, Lizbeth worked at a global immigration law firm in New York, where she provided immigration services from global Fortune 500 companies to boutique clients primarily in the financial services and financial technology industries. Lizbeth counseled employers and human resources departments on a wide range of compliance issues concerning work authorization, portability of immigration benefits, and maintenance of status. She also led efforts to optimize the process of drafting complex responses to Requests for Evidence.

‡ Admitted in Maryland. Not admitted in New York. Practice limited to federal immigration practice.