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USCIS updates Policy Manual to clarify lawful admission requirements for naturalization

  1. Original Date Announced

    November 18, 2020

    USCIS updates the Policy Manual to include further guidance on lawful admission for purposes of naturalization. It indicates that a noncitizen is ineligible for naturalization in cases where the applicant did not obtain LPR status lawfully; provides guidance on circumstances under which USCIS may find the application was not lawfully admitted; requires USCIS to review whether LPR status has been abandoned; and requires USCIS to deny naturalization applications by applicants in removal proceedings. [ID# 1171]

    PA-2020-23: Prerequisite of Lawful Admission for Permanent Residence under All Applicable Provisions for Purposes of Naturalization
  2. Effective Date

    November 18, 2020

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

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

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • October 15, 2020

    The Policy Manual prior to the expanded guidance on denial of naturalization applications.

    Results of the Naturalization Examination
  • October 15, 2020

    The Policy Manual prior to guidance providing that USCIS deny naturalization applications if applicants are in removal proceedings. Prior guidance stated that "USCIS will not make a decision on any naturalization application from an applicant who is in removal proceedings."

    Adjudicative Factors
  • November 13, 2020

    The Policy Manual prior to the expanded guidance on determining LPR status and evaluating whether LPR status has been abandoned.

    Lawful Permanent Resident Admission for Naturalization

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