Naturalization Processing Updates

Update 07/16/2021 We received an interview notice for the naturalization application that was filed in September 2020. Almost one year wait. But cases filed this year are processed much faster (see below). Original Post 07/08/2021 There seems to be a trend where recently filed naturalization applications are being processed faster than cases filed last year. We have two cases filed in March and...

Applicants for Naturalization may be Forgiven if They Had Unknowingly Registered to Vote

USCIS issued new policy guidance on May 27, 2021 regarding an applicant's registration to vote and its impact on good moral character determination during naturalization. Some of the policy highlights include: USCIS will not penalize an applicant who unknowingly or unwilfully registers to vote.USCIS does not consider an applicant to have unlawfully registered to vote if the applicant did not...

Qualified Veterans Living Overseas May File for Naturalization

On May 28, 2021, USCIS issued additional clarifications in its policy alert that certain veterans who served and were honorably discharged from the military but are not lawful permanent residents (LPRs) may file an Application for Naturalization (Form N-400) to naturalize under INA 329 even if they are currently residing outside the United States. The policy guidance also clarifies that...

USCIS Reverts Back to Administering the Old Civic Test

The civics test component of the naturalization test had previously required applicants to study from a list of 100 possible questions. This was known as the 2008 civics test. On December 1, 2020, USCIS increased that list to 128 and updated the number of questions applicants must answer correctly to pass from six out of 10 to 12 out of 20 questions. On February 22, 2021, USCIS scratched out the...

CIS Ombudsman Provides Case Assistance on Receipt Delays, Biometrics Appointment, EAD delays

The CIS Ombudsman has issued an update regarding its services for case assistance. Receipt Delays If more than 90 days have passed since you filed a petition/application with USCIS, you may submit a request for case assistance with the CIS Ombudsman, and our office will reach out to USCIS to resolve your issue. If less than 90 days have passed since you filed a petition/application with USCIS,...

Update on the Receipt Notice Delays

Due to significant visa number movements in October 2020 which opened the door to a record influx of Green Card applications and the ongoing Covid Pandemic, USCIS has been slow in issuing receipt notices of petitions and applications. Even to this month, we have been receiving receipt notices for I485, I765, I131 that were filed in October 2020 although only a few remain outstanding. The...