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USCIS Announces a Revised Naturalization Civics Test

USCIS announced today its plans to implement a revised version of the naturalization civics test, effective for all applicants applying for naturalization on or after December 1, 2020. Upon first glance, it appears the only substantive changes are that the number of potential questions is increasing from 100 to 128, the number of questions asked[…]

Tahmina Watson Immigration law update

USCIS Averts Furlough of Nearly 70% of Workforce

After months of uncertainty, USCIS confirmed today that, for the time being, it has managed to avoid furloughing nearly 70% of its workforce, at least through the remainder of this fiscal year (so through September 30th). While this is welcome news in the short term, the announcement also comes with warnings that the agency had[…]

Tahmina Watson Immigration law update

USCIS Issues Guidance on Defining “Residence” Related to Citizenship

Yesterday, USCIS issued policy guidance which clarifies and further defines “residence” in regards to citizenship. The policy alert seeks to clarify between residence, which is defined in the INA as the person’s principal actual dwelling place in fact, and physical presence, the actual time a person is physically in the United States. The memo also[…]

What undocumented people will have to do to get citizenship through comprehensive immigration reform

The newspaper USA Today, reported yesterday that they reviewed a draft immigration bill from the White House. They report that the President intends to create a “Lawful Prospective Resident” visa. The bill includes spouse and children (even living abroad) to benefit if legal status is obtained. The Bill will only be introduced if a suitable[…]

Tahmina’s article published in AILA New Members Division Newsletter

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is THE bar association for anyone practicing immigration law in the United States. In my opinion, the support and assistance from AILA is unparalleled by any other such organization. The New Members Division of AILA has a publication.  We are proud to say that in the January edition, our[…]

WIL Participates in King County Library Service Citizenship Pro Bono Clinic

                                                                                                                                                                                              On Friday July 15, the King County Library Service (KLSC) held a pro bono clinic on the topic of Citizenship at the Lake Hills Library in Bellevue, WA.  This was one of several such events held by KLSC. Some 20-25 people attended the event.  The Director of USCIS Seattle Field Office Ms. Linda Dougherty also[…]

Tahmina is now a US Citizen!

Today, October 13, 2010, is a special day. I became a US citizen, joining many of my clients in the pursuit of the ultimate dream of becoming an American citizen.  The journey was an emotional one, which I was not expecting. I will write about my experience soon, but for now I will say   this-[…]

The USCIS Naturalization Interview and Test

The USCIS has created a video for people to learn about the naturalization process.  I think it is a great tool for applicants and would encourage my own clients to view the video before attending the interview.  Here is  the video: [vodpod id=ExternalVideo.946728&w=425&h=350&fv=file%3D%2Ffiles%2Fnativedocuments%2FNaturalization_Interview.flv]

USCIS Naturalization Test to Become Fully Implemented

All Citizenship Applicants to take the New Test Beginning Oct. 1 WASHINGTON —U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is reminding the public that beginning Oct. 1, all citizenship applicants must take the new naturalization test, regardless of when they filed their Application for Naturalization (Form N-400). “Becoming a United States citizen carries with it extraordinary[…]