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USCIS Clarifies Eligibility Requirements for Modifications to the Oath of Allegiance

"Effective July 21, 2015, new guidance ( PA-2015-001 ) in the USCIS Policy Manual clarifies the eligibility requirements for modifications to the Oath of Allegiance . Reciting the Oath is part of the naturalization process. Candidates for citizenship normally declare that they will “bear...

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...

34-Year Delay in Natz. Adjudication Unlawful: Giammarco v. Johnson

"On March 17, 2016, Judge Bryant issued a thirty-page opinion in Mr. Giammarco’s ... action to compel DHS to adjudicate his 1982 naturalization application. Judge Bryant denied the government’s motion to dismiss, granted Giammarco’s motion for summary judgment, and ordered DHS...

USCIS Publishes New Edition of Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

USCIS, Apr. 13, 2016 - "On April 13, 2016, USCIS revised Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. The revised version is available at uscis.gov/n-400. You may continue to use the 9/13/13 edition of the form until August 9, 2016. We will reject and return previous versions of Form N-400 submitted...

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...

Cyrus D. Mehta on USA v. Olivar: Conspiracy Prior to Naturalization Can Trigger Denaturalization

Cyrus D. Mehta, May 16, 2016 - "One of the advantages of becoming a US citizen is that one is no longer susceptible to being deported from the United States, especially if the person has been convicted of a crime. While being convicted of a crime results in criminal penalties, a US citizen can at...

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...

NY Gov. Launches Public-Private Naturalization Drive

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, July 14, 2016 - "Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched “ NaturalizeNY ,” the first public-private partnership of its kind to encourage and assist eligible immigrants in New York State with becoming U.S. citizens. The initiative provides comprehensive support through...

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...

CA9 on GMC, Fraud: Wang v. Rodriguez

Wang v. Rodriguez, July 27, 2016 - "Lifeng Wang, a lawful permanent resident, was convicted of one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2320(a). Based on that conviction, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) denied her application...

Naturalization Trends in the United States - MPI (Aug. 2016)

Naturalization Trends in the United States - MPI (Aug. 2016) - "Naturalization, an important milestone in immigrant integration, extends to foreign nationals the same benefits, rights, and responsibilities that native-born citizens have, including the right to vote. More than 653,000 immigrants...

'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...

Judge who told new citizens to leave if they don’t like Trump as president will retire in 2017

Guillermo Contreras, mySA, Nov. 22, 2016 - "U.S. Magistrate Judge John Primomo, under intense criticism for telling new U.S. citizens last week that “you need to go to another country” if they didn’t like that Donald Trump will be president, told his bosses Tuesday he will retire...

Background Check Glitch Causes Some Oath Ceremonies to be Cancelled - AILA

AILA Doc. No. 16120261, December 2, 2016 - "In response to reports received regarding cancelled naturalization oath ceremonies, the AILA Field Operations Committee reached out to USCIS HQ and learned that on Monday, November 28, 2016, a computer coding error impacted the accuracy of the FBI background...

Federal Judge Encourages New Citizens to Shape Future of USA

Judge Sarah Evans Barker, a senior judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, appointed to the federal bench in 1984, delivered the remarks below to the 68 new citizens during a naturalization ceremony Nov. 17, shortly after the nation’s recent elections: "For...

USCIS Policy Manual Technical Update: Clarifying Designated Periods of Hostilities for Naturalization under INA 329 (December 13, 2016)

USCIS, Dec. 13, 2016 - This technical update clarifies that, for purposes of naturalization under INA 329, the current period designated by Presidential Executive Order 13269 (July 3, 2002), as a period in which the U.S. armed forces are considered to be engaged in armed conflict with a hostile foreign...

DHS OIG Puts Kibosh on ELIS for Natz.

DHS OIG, Jan. 19, 2017 - Management Alert - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Use of the Electronic Immigration System for Naturalization Benefits Processing "We are recommending that USCIS halt plans to revert to using the Electronic Immigration System (ELIS) to process immigrant...

David Isaacson - You Ask a Silly Question, and You Get a Silly Answer: Speeding, Terrorist Babies, and Why DHS Should Consider Revising or Eliminating Certain Form Questions

David Isaacson, May 1, 2017 - "During the recent Supreme Court oral argument in Maslenjak v. United States , Chief Justice John Roberts pointed out that the government’s interpretation of the statute at issue there implies that a naturalization applicant who has driven 60 miles per hour in...

Supreme Court on Naturalization: Maslenjak v. U.S.

Maslenjak v. U.S., June 22, 2017 - "A federal statute, 18 U. S. C. §1425(a), makes it a crime to “knowingly procure[], contrary to law, the naturalization of any person.” And when someone is convicted under §1425(a) of unlawfully procuring her own naturalization, her citizenship...

New USCIS Policy Guidance for Admin. Natz. Ceremonies (June 28, 2017)

USCIS, June 28, 2017 - "Purpose U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual on USCIS administrative naturalization ceremonies, to include guidance regarding participation from other U.S. government and non-governmental entities....

USCIS Naturalization Policy Update: Biometrics for All

USCIS, July 26, 2017 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to specify that every naturalization applicant must provide biometrics regardless of age, unless the applicant qualifies for a fingerprint waiver due to certain medical...

Deported Connecticut Army Veteran Gains U.S. Citizenship, Reunites With Family

Peggy McCarthy, New Haven Register, July 24, 2017 - "Arnold Giammarco, the Army and National Guard veteran deported to Italy nearly five years ago, is back home in Connecticut with his wife and daughter. ... Giammarco landed at JFK Airport on July 16, nine days after he becoming a naturalized...

First Amended Complaint, Nio v. DHS (MAVNI Naturalization Litigation)

Nio v. DHS, Aug. 4, 2017 - "On behalf of a group of United States soldiers who deserve much more, this action seeks to restore honor, transparency, and the rule of law to a once-orderly naturalization process that has become plagued by dishonor, irrationality, and lawlessness. Until the actions...

Pentagon Blocks Army Reservists From Naturalizing Under INA Sec. 329

DoD Memo, Aug. 17, 2017 - "Effectively immediately, I withhold authority to certify the honorable service (N-426) of Soldiers who have not yet attended Initial Entry Training (IET)." Margaret Stock , BIB Editorial Board Member, MacArthur Foundation Fellow and creator of MAVNI, has this comment...