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USCIS issues policy guidance on "unlawful acts" for good moral character evaluations

  1. Original Date Announced

    December 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]

    USCIS Policy Manual Volume 12, Part F, Chapter 5 - Conditional Bars for Acts in Statutory Period (current as of December 20, 2019) Policy Guidance re Unlawful Acts Bar to Good Moral Character
  3. Biden Administration Action: Modified

    May 27, 2021

    2021.05.27 Policy Alert Naturalization Eligibility and Voter Registration Through a State’s Benefit Application Process

    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.

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Current Status

Partially in effect
May 27, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Citizenship
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Pre Trump-Era Policies

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