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DREAM Act Removed from Consideration by Senate Democrats

The DREAM Act, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010, passed the House on Wednesday afternoon with a vote of 216 to 198 mostly along party lines. The Act was subsequently removed from consideration by the Senate Democrats on Thursday citing insufficient votes and making...

Citizenship test pass rate over 95%

"Just over two years ago, USCIS implemented a new test for naturalization applicants. As a final step in the test redesign process, we looked into how applicants performed on this new test. A recently completed study (conducted by ICF International) found an overall pass rate of 95.8 percent...

New Service Puts Legal Help in the Hands of Immigrants Seeking to Naturalize

"CitizenshipWorks, an online resource committed to increasing naturalization rates among eligible immigrants, recently announced the launch of its nationwide text messaging campaign, which sends immigrants information about United States citizenship and helps them to access free or low-cost...

Practice Tests for the English Portion of the Naturalization Test

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent this bulletin at 04/10/2012 11:30 AM EDT: For Applicants: New Practice Tests for Naturalization Preparation The Office of Citizenship recently introduced three new practice tests to help permanent residents prepare for the naturalization interview...

In Push for Naturalization, USCIS Offers Exam Flash Cards in Spanish

" USCIS is now offering Civics Flash Cards in Spanish on the Citizenship Resource Center . The Civics Flash Cards will help you learn about U.S. history and government while preparing for the naturalization test. The 100 civics (history and government) questions and answers for the naturalization...

Campaigns to Qualify New Citizens in Texas

"Just in time for presidential elections in November, citizenship campaigns are rolling out for foreign-born residents who want to fully and finally bridge the distance between their birthplace and their adopted U.S.A. Pablin Marin, a glass cutter by day, whips through the civics lesson...

Preparing for the Oath

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History today launched Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship , a Web-based learning tool designed to help immigrants prepare for the civics portion of the naturalization...

Blockbuster GMC Victory in Virginia: Abusamhadaneh v. Taylor

"Last night, Mr. J.A. slept soundly for the first time in more than four years. On June 5, 2012, Judge James C. Cacheris of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued a 90-page decision finding Mr. J.A. to be a person of “good moral character” who meets...

National Campaign Helps Green Card Holders Upgrade to Citizenship

"D espite possessing a green card for 40 years, Sepida has never become an American citizen. Life got in the way, as he raised two children, worked a full-time job as a biomedical technician and ran side businesses on the weekends. "I was so busy at work, I had so many things to do and I'd...

USCIS Policy Alert: Comprehensive Citizenship and Naturalization Policy Guidance

"This guidance, contained in Volume 12 of the Policy Manual , replaces the naturalization and citizenship policy guidance found in Chapters 71, 72, 73, 74, 75 and 76 of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM), the AFM’s related appendices, and policy memoranda. Where conflicts exist, this...

New: USCIS Policy Manual Vol. 12 - Citizenship & Naturalization

Current as of January 7, 2013 (Effective January 22, 2013) - USCIS

Why Some Green Card Holders Never Naturalize

"For many people around the world, a United States passport is a near-sacred goal, and given half a chance to get one, they would hungrily seize it. In Washington, the partisan debate over immigration has become mired, in part, over whether to provide a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million...

I Pledge Allegiance: The Naturalization Oath and Dual Citizenship

"[S]ince the United States manifestly cannot alter the relationship that any subject or citizen has with the country of their birth or prior citizenship, the import of the naturalization oath lies exclusively as an expression of American attitude and belief. The requirement to renounce all allegiance...

Recent USCIS Policy Manual Updates (July 2015)

POLICY ALERT – Modifications to Oath of Allegiance for Naturalization July 21, 2015 ​U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance to clarify the eligibility requirements for modifications to the Oath of Renunciation and Allegiance for naturalization. Technical...

White House Launches 'Commit to Citizenship' Campaign

"If you’re a permanent resident considering becoming a naturalized American citizen, take the first step toward giving those dreams a chance to grow. Not only will you enjoy all the rights and freedoms afforded all U.S citizens both here and abroad, you’ll be building toward a stronger...

Citizenship Applications On Rise In Face Of Anti-Immigrant Politics

Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, Apr. 22, 2016 - "There was an uptick of naturalization applications filed between June, when Trump announced his candidacy, and January, compared with the same period in recent years, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services data. The agency has not...

USCIS Sued Over 'Unlawful Delay' Of Citizenship Applications Of Muslims - Arapi v. USCIS

Talal Ansari, BuzzFeed News, May 18, 2016 - "The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unlawfully delays the citizenship applications of Muslim immigrants due to a secretive immigration program, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in St. Louis. The lawsuit — filed by...

USCIS Policy Manual Update: Effective Date of Lawful Permanent Residence for Purposes of Citizenship and Naturalization

USCIS Policy Alert, July 27, 2016 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the effective date of lawful permanent residence for purposes of citizenship and naturalization." See also: https://www.uscis.gov/policymanual...

'Operation Janus' IDs Deportable Aliens Wrongfully Naturalized

DHS Office of Inspector General, Sept. 8, 2016 - Potentially Ineligible Individuals Have Been Granted U.S. Citizenship Because of Incomplete Fingerprint Records "USCIS granted U.S. citizenship to at least 858 individuals ordered deported or removed under another identity when, during the naturalization...