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Immigration Law

USCIS Revises Communist/Totalitarian Party Membership Policy

USCIS, Oct. 2, 2020

"The inadmissibility ground for membership in or affiliation with the Communist or any other totalitarian party is part of a broader set of laws passed by Congress to address threats to the safety and security of the United States. In general, unless otherwise exempt, any immigrant who is or has been a member of or affiliated with the Communist or any other totalitarian party (or subdivision or affiliate), domestic or foreign, is inadmissible to the United States. This ground of inadmissibility only applies to aliens seeking immigrant status, such as aliens inside the United States applying to adjust status to that of a lawful permanent resident. This guidance, contained in Volume 8 of the Policy Manual, is controlling and supersedes any related prior guidance on the topic."