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USCIS updates Policy Manual to clarify lawful admission requirements for naturalization

  1. Date Announced

    Nov. 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]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Nov. 18, 2020
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Naturalization
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Prior Policies

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

    Results of the Naturalization Examination
  • 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
  • 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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