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

  1. Date Announced

    Dec. 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
  3. Biden Administration Action

    May 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
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Citizenship
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Prior Policies

Biden Administration Action

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