Updates


Technical Updates

October 21, 2014

Religious Missionaries Abroad and Residence and Physical Presence

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.


Affected Sections (Volume USCIS-PM Part.Chapter):  12 USCIS-PM D.5

Treating Certain Peace Corps Contractors as U.S. Government Employees

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.


Affected Sections (Volume USCIS-PM Part.Chapter):  12 USCIS-PM D.5

POLICY ALERT - Nonimmigrant Trainees (H-3)

September 09, 2014

​U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance on the trainees (H-3) nonimmigrant visa category.  


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Affected Sections (Volume USCIS-PM Part.Chapter):  2 USCIS-PM J

POLICY ALERT - Customer Service

August 26, 2014

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance on its standards in customer service.


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Affected Sections (Volume USCIS-PM Part.Chapter):  1 USCIS-PM A

Technical Updates

July 01, 2014

Validity of Same-Sex Marriages

​This technical update addresses the Supreme Court ruling holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.


Affected Sections (Volume USCIS-PM Part.Chapter):  12 USCIS-PM G.2

POLICY ALERT - Changes to Dates of Birth and Names on Certificates of Citizenship

June 17, 2014

​U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance relating to changes of dates of birth and names per court orders.


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Affected Sections (Volume USCIS-PM Part.Chapter):  12 USCIS-PM K.2 | 12 USCIS-PM K.4

POLICY ALERT - Validity Period of the Medical Certification on the Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record (Form I-693)

May 30, 2014

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing an update to policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual addressing the validity period of civil surgeon endorsements on the Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, Form I-693.


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Affected Sections (Volume USCIS-PM Part.Chapter):  8 USCIS-PM B.4

Technical Updates

April 08, 2014

Civil Surgeon Applications and Evidentiary Requirements

This technical update clarifies that an applicant for civil surgeon designation must, at a minimum, submit a copy of the medical degree to show he or she is a Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathy.


Affected Sections (Volume USCIS-PM Part.Chapter):  8 USCIS-PM C.2

POLICY ALERT - Fraud and Willful Misrepresentation Grounds of Inadmissibility

March 25, 2014

  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing guidance on the fraud and willful misrepresentation grounds of inadmissibility under INA 212(a)(6)(C)(i) and the corresponding waiver under INA 212(i).


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Affected Sections (Volume USCIS-PM Part.Chapter):  8 USCIS-PM J | 9 USCIS-PM G

Technical Updates

March 11, 2014

Vaccination Requirements for Pregnant or Immuno-Compromised Applicants

​This technical update replaces the list of vaccines contraindicated for pregnant or immuno-compromised applicants with a reference to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Vaccination Technical Instructions. This ensures the Policy Manual guidance includes the most up-to-date information.


Affected Sections (Volume USCIS-PM Part.Chapter):  8 USCIS-PM B.9

POLICY ALERT - Refugee and Asylee-Based Adjustment of Status under Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) Section 209

March 04, 2014

​U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to address adjustment of status applications filed by refugees and asylees under INA sections 209(a) and 209(b).


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Affected Sections (Volume USCIS-PM Part.Chapter):  7 USCIS-PM L | 7 USCIS-PM M

POLICY ALERT - Health-Related Grounds of Inadmissibility and Waivers

January 28, 2014

​U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual on the health-related grounds of inadmissibility under INA 212(a)(1) and corresponding waivers under INA 212(g).


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Affected Sections (Volume USCIS-PM Part.Chapter):  8 USCIS-PM B | 9 USCIS-PM C

POLICY ALERT - Civil Surgeon Designation and Centralization of the Designation Process at the National Benefits Center

January 28, 2014

​U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to centralize the civil surgeon designation process at the National Benefits Center, effective March 11, 2014.


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Affected Sections (Volume USCIS-PM Part.Chapter):  8 USCIS-PM C

Technical Updates

September 30, 2013

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

This technical update adds the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to list of certain territories of the United States where, subject to certain requirements, persons may be U.S. citizens at birth.


Affected Sections (Volume USCIS-PM Part.Chapter):  12 USCIS-PM A.2

Certified Court Dispositions

This technical update adds language addressing existing policy on circumstances where an applicant is required to provide a certified court disposition.


Affected Sections (Volume USCIS-PM Part.Chapter):  12 USCIS-PM F.3

POLICY ALERT - Security-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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Affected Sections (Volume USCIS-PM Part.Chapter):  12 USCIS-PM D | 12 USCIS-PM D.5

POLICY ALERT - Comprehensive 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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Affected Sections (Volume USCIS-PM Part.Chapter):  12 USCIS-PM