Immigration Law

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USCIS Oath of Allegiance Policy Memo
Posted on 19 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Nov. 19, 2021 - Demonstrating Eligibility for Modification under Section 337 of the Immigration and Nationality Act "During the naturalization interview, an applicant signs the naturalization application to acknowledge the applicant’s... Read More

USCIS Policy Alert: Clarifying Guidance on Military Service Members and Naturalization
Posted on 13 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Nov. 12, 2021 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to provide clarifications regarding certain naturalization applications filed by current or former members of the U.S... Read More

Natz. Victory Slams Matter of Zhang: Melara v. Mayorkas
Posted on 29 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Melara v. Mayorkas "Matter of Zhang, 27 I&N Dec. 569 (BIA 2019) is not entitled to deference by this Court because it is a dramatic break with past agency interpretation, is in conflict with the Department of State’s current interpretation... Read More

Making Citizenship an Organizing Principle of the US Immigration System
Posted on 9 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Donald Kerwin, Robert Warren, Charles Wheeler, June 2, 2021 "This paper proposes that the United States treat naturalization not as the culmination of a long and uncertain individual process, but as an organizing principle of the US immigration... Read More

USCIS Releases Interagency Strategy for Promoting Naturalization
Posted on 2 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, July 2, 2021 "Today the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released the Interagency Strategy for Promoting Naturalization (PDF, 3.77 MB) , a whole-of-government approach to breaking down barriers... Read More

CA5 Denaturalizes Former Salvadoran Military Officer: USA v. Vasquez
Posted on 11 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USA v. Vasquez "Arnoldo Antonio Vasquez, a former Salvadorian military officer, is now a naturalized American citizen. Based on his role in extrajudicial killings and a subsequent cover-up occurring during armed conflict in El Salvador, the government... Read More

USCIS Policy Update: Naturalization Eligibility and Voter Registration Through a State’s Benefit Application Process (May 27, 2021)
Posted on 28 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, May 27, 2021 "Policy Highlights • Clarifies that USCIS will not penalize an applicant who unknowingly or unwilfully registers to vote. • Clarifies that USCIS does not consider an applicant to have unlawfully registered to vote... Read More

USCIS Policy Alert: Preserving Continuous Residence and Physical Presence for Purposes of Naturalization while Engaged in Religious Duties Outside the United States (May 25, 2021)
Posted on 28 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, May 25, 2021 "Policy Highlights • Specifies that applicants engaged outside the United States in a qualifying religious vocation provided under INA 317 must file an Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes (Form... Read More

USCIS Policy Alert: Veterans Residing Outside the United States and Naturalization (May 28, 2021)
Posted on 28 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, May 28, 2021 "Policy Highlights • Clarifies that naturalization interviews for veterans (non-current members of the U.S. armed forces) residing outside the United States must take place in the United States, but USCIS may, in its discretion... Read More

USCIS Reverts to 2008 Version of Naturalization Civics Test
Posted on 22 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS Policy Alert, Feb. 22, 2021 - Revising Guidance on Naturalization Civics Educational Requirement USCIS E-Mail, Feb. 22, 2021 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today it is reverting to the 2008 version of the naturalization... Read More

Does the New Citizenship Test Lean Right?
Posted on 4 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Simon Romero, Miriam Jordan, New York Times, Dec. 3, 2020 "The Trump administration is rolling out sweeping changes to the test immigrants must take to become United States citizens, injecting hints of conservative philosophy and making the test... Read More

USCIS Policy Alert, Dec. 4, 2020: Properly Completed Medical Certification For Disability Exception (N-648)
Posted on 4 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Dec. 4, 2020 "Policy Highlights • Provides that a properly completed Form N-648 includes dates of diagnosis and when the disability or impairment(s) began; description of severity of each disability or impairment; and description... Read More

Cyrus Mehta: The Inappropriateness of Finding Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Residency During Naturalization
Posted on 30 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Nov. 29, 2020 "On November 18, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated policy guidance to clarify the circumstances when the agency would find applicants ineligible for naturalization because they were not lawfully... Read More

More USCIS Naturalization Policy Manual Updates (Nov. 18, 2020)
Posted on 18 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS Policy Alert, Nov. 18, 2020 - Prerequisite of Lawful Admission for Permanent Residence under All Applicable Provisions for Purposes of Naturalization See Nov. 18, 2020 changes to: - Vol. 12, Part B, Chap. 4 - Results of the Naturalization Examination... Read More

USCIS Announces a Revised Naturalization Civics Test
Posted on 13 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Nov. 13, 2020 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today plans to implement a revised version of the naturalization civics test. The agency first announced plans to revise the civics test in July 2019 . USCIS revised the... Read More