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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[…]

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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[…]

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USCIS Offices Preparing to Reopen on June 4

USCIS announced today that they are tentatively planning to re-open their offices and resume in-person services on June 4, 2020. For most cases, USCIS will automatically reschedule any interviews, ceremonies, appointments, etc. that were affected by the office closures. It remains to be seen whether this re-opening date will get pushed back.   Copied from[…]

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DHS Proposes Changes to Immigration and Travel Forms to Collect Social Media Information

Earlier today, DHS proposed changes to several immigration-related and travel-related forms, publishing a 60-day notice and request for comments in the Federal Register. The proposed changes will allow DHS to collect social media information from applicants seeking immigration-related benefits and from individuals seeking to be admitted into the United States. The immigration-related forms DHS is[…]

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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[…]

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USCIS Announces Plan to Improve the Naturalization Test

USCIS announced today that it is revising the current naturalization test which, among other things, tests applicant’s knowledge of civics and U.S. history, government, and constitutional values. Earlier this spring, former USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna issued a memorandum instructing USCIS to revise and update the test, and also formalized a decennial (every 10 years) revision[…]

USCIS Issues Policy Guidance Clarifying How Federal Controlled Substances Law Applies to Naturalization Determinations

USCIS announced recently the issuance of policy guidance clarifying that violations of federal controlled substances laws are generally a bar to establishing good moral character, an essential prong for naturalization applications. This applies even in states that have decriminalized and/or legalized medicinal and recreational marijuana under relevant state laws.   Copied from USCIS:   USCIS[…]

The Plight of Renouncing United States Citizenship within the U.S.

It is not often I meet a person who wants to renounce United States citizenship, at least within the U.S. People generally renounce citizenship outside the U.S. where they can attend an embassy.  United States embassies have designated departments handling such matters regularly. Recently, I was sitting at my desk when a call came in. […]

Silviya Becomes a US Citizen!

August 16th 2012 is a special day for us at Watson Immigration Law.  Our very own Silviya Borroff, paralegal to Watson Immigration Immigration, became a naturalized citizen! As our regular readers will know, over the years, Silviya has devoted numerous hours pro bono to helping people naturalize through Citizenship Day (as well as helping our[…]

An immigration lawyer is humbled by her own process of becoming a U.S. citizen

Here is a copy full story for easy reading that was published recently in The Seattle Times as mentioned in my previous post: Guest columnist Tahmina Watson is an immigration lawyer who has helped numerous people file petitions to become U.S. citizens. A British citizen, she began her naturalization process after her daughter was born, only[…]