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February 25, 2016POLICY ALERTAdjustment of Status Policies and Procedures and 245(a) Adjustment
November 10, 2015POLICY ALERTMedia Representatives (I) Nonimmigrant Visa Classification
July 21, 2015POLICY ALERTModifications to Oath of Allegiance for Naturalization
July 20, 2015Technical Update – Multiple Absences and Residence and Physical Presence
July 20, 2015Technical Update – Child Citizenship Act and Children of U.S. Government Employees Residing Abroad
October 28, 2014POLICY ALERTEffect of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) on Immigration and Acquisition of Citizenship Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)
October 21, 2014Technical Update – Religious Missionaries Abroad and Residence and Physical Presence

Volume 12 – Citizenship & Naturalization

Part D – General Naturalization Requirements


Technical UpdateMultiple Absences and Residence and Physical Presence

July 20, 2015

This technical update clarifies that along with reviewing for absences of more than 6 months, officers review whether an applicant for naturalization with multiple absences of less than 6 months is able establish the required residence and physical presence for naturalization.


Technical UpdateReligious Missionaries Abroad and Residence and Physical Presence

October 21, 2014

This technical update clarifies who may be considered to be a missionary of a religious group for purposes of preserving residence and physical presence for naturalization while working abroad.


Technical UpdateTreating Certain Peace Corps Contractors as U.S. Government Employees

October 21, 2014

This technical update clarifies that Peace Corps personal service contractors are considered U.S. Government employees under certain circumstances for purposes of preserving their residence for naturalization while working abroad.


POLICY ALERTSecurity-Related Positions Abroad

June 10, 2013

​U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to address amendments to section 1059(e) of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2006 by Public Law 112-227.


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POLICY ALERTComprehensive Citizenship and Naturalization Policy Guidance

January 07, 2013

​USCIS is issuing updated and comprehensive citizenship and naturalization policy guidance in the new USCIS Policy Manual.


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Current as of February 25, 2016