USCIS Schedules and then Cancels Multiple Interviews Repeatedly

No one knows what's going on but these things do happen from time to time. Naturalization client attended the first interview in June 2021 and did not pass the civics test. That's fine. He was looking forward to the second interview and trying again. But, USCIS started confusing the heck out of us by issuing interview notices and then canceling them almost immediately. See the back and forth...

Naturalization Processing Updates

Update 08/30/2021 We have some more processing updates of pending naturalization cases at the Baltimore Field Office. Below are two interview notices scheduled for 10/01/2021. One was filed on 09/28/2020 and the other on 11/27/2020. Applications filed in 2020 generally takes about a year or longer for adjudication, whereas cases filed in 2021 are processed much faster. Update 08/24/2021 We...

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...