Date AnnouncedDec. 13, 2019
USCIS expands policy guidance to include additional examples of "unlawful acts" that reflect adversely on the good moral character requirement for naturalization and emphasizes that USCIS officers conduct this analysis on a case-by-case basis. [ID #658]
See Biden administration action below.View Policy Document View Policy Document
Biden Administration ActionMay 27, 2021
This Biden administration policy modifies the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.
On May 27, 2021, DHS issued guidance clarifying that it would not penalize naturalization applicants who unknowingly or unwillingly registered to vote through state DMV processes.2021.05.27 Policy Alert Naturalization Eligibility and Voter Registration Through a State’s Benefit Application Process
Previously, the USCIS Policy Manual provided only two examples of "unlawful acts": (1) unlawful voting and false claim to U.S. citizenship for voting, and (2) failure to file tax returns or pay taxes.USCIS Policy Manual Volume 12, Part F, Chapter 5 - Conditional Bars for Acts in Statutory Period (current as of November 21, 2019)