VOLUME 12: Citizenship & Naturalization


Legal Authorities
8 CFR 2 - Authority of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
8 CFR 334.4 - Examination and off-site visits for sick or disabled applicants
INA 103, 8 CFR 103 - Powers and duties of the Attorney General and the Commissioner
INA 301 - Nationals and citizens of the United States at birth
INA 310(b)(4) - Naturalization authority and issuance of certificates
INA 310, 8 CFR 310 - Naturalization authority
INA 312, 8 CFR 312 - Educational requirements for naturalization
INA 316(e), 8 CFR 316.10 - Good moral character requirement
INA 316, 8 CFR 316 - General requirements for naturalization
INA 318 - Prerequisites to Naturalization
INA 319, 8 CFR 319 - Spouses of U.S. citizens
INA 320, 8 CFR 320 - Children residing permanently in the United States
INA 322, 8 CFR 322 - Children residing outside the United States
INA 328, 8 CFR 328 - Naturalization through peacetime military service for one year
INA 329, 8 CFR 329 - Naturalization through military Service during hostilities
INA 332 - Naturalization administration; executive functions
INA 332(e), 8 CFR 332 - Issuance of Certificates of Citizenship and Naturalization
INA 335, 8 CFR 335 - Investigation and examination of applicant
INA 336, 8 CFR 336 - Hearings on denials of applications for naturalization
INA 337, 8 CFR 337 - Oath of renunciation and allegiance
INA 338, 8 CFR 338 - Contents and issuance of Certificate of Naturalization
INA 340 - Revocation of naturalization
INA 342, 8 CFR 342 - Administrative cancellation of certificates, documents, or records


Date Details
October 28, 2014

Effect of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) on Immigration and Acquisition of Citizenship Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance relating to the use of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).

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October 21, 2014
Technical Update

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.

October 21, 2014
Technical Update

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.

July 01, 2014
Technical Update

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.

June 17, 2014

Changes to Dates of Birth and Names on Certificates of Citizenship

​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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September 30, 2013
Technical Update

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.

September 30, 2013
Technical Update

Certified Court Dispositions

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

June 10, 2013

Security-Related Positions Abroad

​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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January 07, 2013

Comprehensive Citizenship and Naturalization Policy Guidance

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

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