POLICY ALERT – Waiver Policies and Procedures
August 23, 2017
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance to address the general policies and procedures applicable to the adjudication of waivers of inadmissibility.
POLICY ALERT – Biometrics Requirements for Naturalization
July 26, 2017
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to specify that every naturalization applicant must provide biometrics regardless of age, unless the applicant qualifies for a fingerprint waiver due to certain medical conditions.
POLICY ALERT – Administrative Naturalization Ceremonies
June 28, 2017
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating policy guidance on USCIS administrative naturalization ceremonies, to include guidance regarding participation from other U.S. government and non-governmental entities.
POLICY ALERT – Job Creation and Capital At Risk Requirements for Investors
June 14, 2017
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating the USCIS Policy Manual to provide further guidance regarding the job creation and capital at risk requirements for Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur, and Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status.
Technical Update – Clarifying Intent to Reside in United States for Naturalization Purposes
January 05, 2017
This technical update clarifies that naturalization applicants are not required to intend to reside permanently in the United States after becoming U.S. citizens. This update is in accordance with current statutes; prior to 1994, a person who became a naturalized U.S. citizen was expected to hold the intention of residing permanently in the United States. See Section 104 of the Immigration and Nationality Technical Corrections Act of 1994, Pub. L. 103-416 (October 25, 1994).
Technical Update – Medical Codes for Purposes of Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions
January 05, 2017
This technical update clarifies that, for purposes of Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, USCIS accepts the relevant medical codes recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services. This includes codes found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the International Classification of Diseases.
POLICY ALERT – Registration of Lawful Permanent Resident Status
December 21, 2016
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance addressing registration of lawful permanent resident (LPR) status.
POLICY ALERT – False Claim to U.S. Citizenship Ground of Inadmissibility
December 14, 2016
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing guidance to address the false claim to U.S. citizenship ground of inadmissibility under section 212(a)(6)(C)(ii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
Technical Update – Clarifying Designated Periods of Hostilities for Naturalization under INA 329
December 13, 2016
This technical update clarifies that, for purposes of naturalization under INA 329, the current period designated by Presidential Executive Order 13269 (July 3, 2002), as a period in which the U.S. armed forces are considered to be engaged in armed conflict with a hostile foreign force, is still in effect. In addition, this update adds information about the USCIS Military Help Line in this part.
POLICY ALERT – Employment-Based Fifth Preference Immigrants: Investors
November 30, 2016
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance regarding the eligibility requirements for regional centers and immigrant investors.
POLICY ALERT – Definition of Certain Classes of Medical Conditions and Other Updates Relating to Health-Related Grounds of Inadmissibility
November 02, 2016
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating guidance regarding health-related grounds of inadmissibility in accordance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rulemaking updating Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 34 (42 CFR 34).
POLICY ALERT – Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification and Special Immigrant-Based Adjustment of Status
October 26, 2016
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance regarding the special immigrant juvenile (SIJ) classification and special immigrant-based (EB-4) adjustment of status, including adjustment based on classification as a special immigrant religious worker, SIJ, and G-4 international organization or NATO-6 employee or family member, among others.
POLICY ALERT – Determining Extreme Hardship
October 21, 2016
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance on determinations of extreme hardship to qualifying relatives as required by certain statutory waiver provisions. This guidance becomes effective December 5, 2016.
Technical Update – Military Accessions Vital to National Interest Program and Time of Filing for Naturalization
October 19, 2016
This technical update clarifies that, in general, Department of Defense (DOD) Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) enlistees may file an application for naturalization during basic training in the U.S. armed forces.
POLICY ALERT – Department of Defense Military Accessions Vital to National Interest Program
August 03, 2016
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance to provide information about the existing Department of Defense (DOD) Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) Program.
POLICY ALERT – Effective Date of Lawful Permanent Residence for Purposes of Citizenship and Naturalization
July 27, 2016
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance regarding the date of legal permanent residence (LPR) for naturalization and citizenship purposes.
POLICY ALERT – Removing Obsolete Form I-643 from Filing Requirements for Certain Adjustment Applications
June 22, 2016
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to remove obsolete Form I-643, Health and Human Services Statistical Data for Refugee/Asylee Adjusting Status, from the filing requirements for applications for adjustment of status under section 209 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
POLICY ALERT – Adjustment of Status Policies and Procedures and 245(a) Adjustment
February 25, 2016
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance addressing the general policies and procedures of adjustment of status as well as adjustment under section 245(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
POLICY ALERT – Media Representatives (I) Nonimmigrant Visa Classification
November 10, 2015
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance regarding the foreign information media representative nonimmigrant visa classification, commonly known as the “I” visa category.
POLICY ALERT – Modifications to Oath of Allegiance for Naturalization
July 21, 2015
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance to clarify the eligibility requirements for modifications to the Oath of Renunciation and Allegiance for naturalization.
Technical Update – Multiple 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 Update – Child Citizenship Act and Children of U.S. Government Employees Residing Abroad
July 20, 2015
This technical update clarifies that the child of a U.S. government employee temporarily stationed abroad is considered to be residing in the United States for purposes of acquisition of citizenship under INA 320.
POLICY ALERT – Effect of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) on Immigration and Acquisition of Citizenship Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)
October 28, 2014
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance relating to the use of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).
- 12 USCIS-PM H - Children of U.S. Citizens
- 12 USCIS-PM H.2 - Definition of Child for Citizenship and Naturalization
- 12 USCIS-PM H.3 - United States Citizens at Birth (INA 301 and 309)
- 12 USCIS-PM H.4 - Automatic Acquisition of Citizenship after Birth (INA 320)
- 12 USCIS-PM H.5 - Child Residing Outside of the United States (INA 322)
Technical Update – Religious 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 Update – Treating 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 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.
POLICY ALERT – Customer Service
August 26, 2014
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance on its standards in customer service.
Technical Update – Validity of Same-Sex Marriages
July 01, 2014
This technical update addresses the Supreme Court ruling holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.
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.
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.
Technical Update – Civil Surgeon Applications and Evidentiary Requirements
April 08, 2014
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.
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).
Technical Update – Vaccination Requirements for Pregnant or Immuno-Compromised Applicants
March 11, 2014
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.
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).
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).
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.
Technical Update – Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
September 30, 2013
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.
Technical Update – Certified Court Dispositions
September 30, 2013
This technical update adds language addressing existing policy on circumstances where an applicant is required to provide a certified court disposition.
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.
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.
INA 101(a)(43) - Definition of aggravated felony
INA 101(a)(48)(A) - Definition of conviction
INA 101(b) - Definition of child
- INA 101(c) - Definition of child for citizenship and naturalization
- INA 101(f) - Definition of good moral character
- 5 U.S.C. 552a(b) - Conditions of disclosure
- 6 CFR 15 - DHS federal regulations on non-discrimination on the basis of disability of persons who access DHS programs or activities
8 CFR 1.2 - Definitions
- 8 CFR 101.2 - Presumption of lawful admission; entry under erroneous name or other errors
- 8 CFR 103.2 - Submission and adjudication of benefit requests
- 8 CFR 2 - Authority of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
- 8 CFR 208.6 - Disclosure to third parties
- 8 CFR 212.7 - Waiver of certain grounds of inadmissibility
- 8 CFR 214.2(h)(12) - Appeal of a denial or a revocation of a petition
- 8 CFR 214.2(h)(9)(iii)(C)- Validity of approved H-3 petitions and H-4 dependent(s)
- 8 CFR 244.16 - Confidentiality in temporary protected status for nationals of designated states cases
- 8 CFR 245a.2 - Application for temporary residence
- 8 CFR 245a.21 - Confidentiality in Legal Immigration Family Equity (LIFE) Act cases
- 8 CFR 245a.3 - Application for permanent residency
- 8 CFR 310.1 - Naturalization authority
- 8 CFR 312.4 - Selection of interpreter
- 8 CFR 316.5(b)(6) - Residence for certain spouses of military personnel
- 8 CFR 316.6 - Physical presence for certain spouses of military personnel
- 8 CFR 334.4 - Examination and off-site visits for sick or disabled applicants
- 8 U.S.C. 1367 - Penalties for disclosure of information
- 8 U.S.C. 1443a - Overseas naturalization for service members and their family
- 8 U.S.C. 1641 - Restrictions on public assistance
- 13 U.S.C. 8 - Authenticated transcripts or copies of certain returns; other data; restriction on use; disposition of fees received
18 U.S.C. 1015(f) - False claim to citizenship
18 U.S.C. 611 - Unlawful voting
22 CFR 41.24 - International organization aliens
22 CFR 41.25 - NATO representatives, officials, and employees
22 CFR 42.12 - Department of State rules of chargeabiliity
22 CFR 42.32(d)(2) - Certain U.S. government employees
22 CFR 42.32(d)(3) - Panama Canal employees
22 CFR 42.32(d)(5) - Certain international organization and NATO civilian employees
- 29 U.S.C. 701 - Rehabilitation Act
- 29 U.S.C. 794 - Nondiscrimination under federal grants and programs
- 42 CFR 34 - Medical examination of aliens
- 42 U.S.C. 252 - Medical examination of aliens
8 CFR 101.1 - Presumption of lawful admission
8 CFR 101.3 - Lawful permanent resident status for persons born under diplomatic status in the United States
8 CFR 101.5 - Special immigrant status for certain G-4 nonimmigrants
8 CFR 103.3 - Untimely motion to reconsider
8 CFR 103.5 - Untimely appeal and reopening or reconsideration
8 CFR 103.7 - Waiver of fees
8 CFR 204.11 - Special immigrant status for certain aliens declared dependent on a juvenile court (special immigrant juvenile)
8 CFR 204.13 - How can the International Broadcasting Bureau of the United States Broadcasting Board of Governors petition for a fourth preference special immigrant broadcaster?
8 CFR 204.5(m) - Religious workers
8 CFR 205.1(a)(3)(iv) - Reasons for automatic revocation
8 CFR 214.1 - Requirements for admission, extension, and maintenance of status
8 CFR 214.2(h)(1) - Temporary employees
- 8 CFR 214.2(h)(1)(ii)(E) - H-3 definition
- 8 CFR 214.2(h)(10) - Denial of petitions
- 8 CFR 214.2(h)(11) - Revocation of an approved H petition
- 8 CFR 214.2(h)(13) - Admission of H beneficiaries
8 CFR 214.2(h)(13)(i)(B) - Admission and allowable periods of stay for H workers
- 8 CFR 214.2(h)(14) - Extension of H visa petition validity
- 8 CFR 214.2(h)(15)(ii)(D) - Extension of H-3 stay
- 8 CFR 214.2(h)(16)(ii) - Effect of approval of a permanent labor certification or filing of a preference petition on H classification
8 CFR 214.2(h)(17) - Effect of a strike
8 CFR 214.2(h)(2) - Petition for temporary employees
- 8 CFR 214.2(h)(7) - H-3 regulations
- 8 CFR 214.2(h)(8)(i)(D) - H-3 numerical limitations on special education exchange visitors
8 CFR 214.2(h)(9) - Petitions for temporary workers
8 CFR 214.2(h)(9)(iv) - Validity of approved H-3 petitions and H-4 spouse and dependent(s)
8 CFR 216.3 - Termination of conditional permanent resident status
8 CFR 245.1(e)(3) - Special immigrant juveniles
8 CFR 245.2(a) - Application for adjustment of status
8 CFR 245.6 - Interviews for adjustment of status
8 CFR 245.8 - Adjustment of status as a special immigrant under section INA 101(a)(27)(K) of the Act
8 CFR 248.1(b) - Timely filing and maintenance of status
8 CFR 248.3(g) - Denial of application
8 CFR 264.2 - Application for creation of record of permanent residence
8 CFR 274a.12 - Classes of aliens authorized to accept employment
8 CFR 335.5 - Receipt of derogatory information after grant
9 FAM 502.1-1 - Principal and derivative beneficiaries
9 FAM 503.3-2 - Determining priority dates
INA 101(a)(15)(I) - Representatives of foreign media
INA 101(a)(15)(O) - Extraordinary ability in arts or athletics
INA 101(a)(15)(P) - Extraordinary ability in arts or athletics as part of a group
INA 101(a)(27) - Definitions of certain special immigrants
INA 101(a)(27)(C) - Certain ministers and religious workers
INA 101(a)(27)(H) - Special immigrant physicians
INA 101(a)(27)(I) - Certain employees of international organizations
INA 101(a)(27)(K) - Certain armed forces members
INA 101(a)(27)(L) - Certain employees of international organizations
INA 101(a)(27)(M) - Broadcaster for International Broadcasting Bureau of Broadcasting Board of Governors or grantee
INA 101(a)(42) - Definition of refugee
- INA 101(I)(1) - Press reciprocity
- INA 201(b) - Immediate relative and special immigrant visas
INA 201(c) - Family sponsored immigration levels
INA 201(d) - Employment based immigration levels
INA 202(a)(2) - Numerical limitations by country
INA 202(b) - Per country immigration limitations
INA 203(b)(4) - Certain special immigrants
INA 203(g) - Numerical limitations on immigration by country
INA 204(j) - Job flexibility for delayed applicants for adjustment of status
INA 204(l) - Surviving relative consideration for certain petitions and applications
INA 208(c)(2) - Termination of asylum
INA 210(c)(2)(B)(i) - Waiver of grounds of inadmissibility for special agricultural workers
INA 212(a) - Excludable aliens; classes of aliens ineligibile for visas or admission
- INA 212(a)(1) - Health-related grounds
INA 212(a)(6)(C)(ii) - Illegal entrants and immigration violators - falsely claiming citizenship
- INA 212(a)(9)(B)(v) - Waiver of the 3- or 10-year unlawful presence bar
INA 212(d)(13) - Waiver of grounds of inadmissibility for T nonimmigrants
INA 212(d)(14) - Waiver of grounds of inadmissibility for U nonimmigrants
INA 212(d)(3) - Nonimmigrant waiver of inadmissibility
INA 212(e) - Educational visitor status; foreign residence requirement and waiver
- INA 212(g) - Bond and conditions for admission of alien excludable on health-related grounds
INA 213A - Requirements for sponsor's affidavit of support
INA 214(b) - Temporary employees
- INA 221(d) - Physical examination
INA 237(a) - Deportable aliens; classes of deportable aliens
INA 245(a) - Adjustment of status
INA 245(c) - Bars to adjustment of status
INA 245(g) - Parole provision for special immigrant armed forces members seeking adjustment of status
INA 245(h) - Adjustment of special immigrant juveniles
INA 245(j) - U visa requirements
INA 245(k) - Inapplicability of certain provisions for certain employment-based immigrants
- INA 245A(c)(4) - Limitation on access to information
INA 245A(d)(2)(B)(i) - Waiver of grounds of inadmissibility for certain adjustment of status entrants before January 1, 1982
INA 248(a) - Change in nonimmigrant classification
INA 284 - Members of the U.S. armed forces
INA 287(h) - Protecting abused juveniles
INA 291 - Burden of proof
- INA 301 - Nationals and citizens of the United States at birth
INA 302 - Persons born in Puerto Rico
INA 303 - Persons born in the Canal Zone or Republic of Panama on or after February 26, 1904
INA 306 - Persons living in and born in the Virgin Islands
INA 307 - Persons living in and born in Guam
INA 308 - Nationals but not citizens of the United States at birth
- INA 309 - Children born out of wedlock
- INA 310(b)(4) - Naturalization authority and issuance of certificates
INA 314 - Ineligibility to naturalization of deserters from U.S. armed forces
INA 315 - Alien relieved from training and service in U.S. armed forces because of alienage barred from citizenship
INA 317 - Temporary absence of persons performing religious duties
- INA 318 - Prerequisite to naturalization, burden of proof
- INA 319(e) - Residence, physical presence, and overseas naturalization for certain spouses of military personnel
INA 325 - Nationals but not citizens of the United States; residence within outlying possessions
INA 327 - Former U.S. citizens losing citizenship by entering the armed forces of foreign countries during World War II
INA 328(f) - Revocation of naturalization
INA 329(c) - Revocation of naturalization
INA 330 - Constructive residence through service on certain United States vessels
- INA 340 - Revocation of naturalization
Pub. L. 101-649 - Section 153 of the Immigration Act of 1990 (IMMACT 90) - special immigrant status for certain aliens declared dependent on a juvenile court
Pub. L. 102-110 - Armed Forces Immigration Adjustment Act of 1991
Pub. L. 102-232 - Section 302 of the Miscellaneous and Technical Immigration and Nationality Amendments of 1991
Pub. L. 102-395 - Section 610 of the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1993
- Pub. L. 105-119 - Section 113 of the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1998
Pub. L. 109-163 - Section 1059 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006, as amended – Special immigrant status for persons serving as translators with U.S. armed forces
Pub. L. 110-181 - Section 1244 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, as amended – Special immigrant status for certain Iraqis
Pub. L. 110-457 - Section 235(d) of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA) - Permanent protection for certain at-risk children
Pub. L. 96-212 - Refugee Act of 1980
- AR-11, Change of Address
- G-1256, Declaration for Interpreted USCIS Interview
- G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative
- G-325A, Biographic Information
- I-102, Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document
- I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker
- I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)
- I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
- I-131, Application for Travel Document
- I-134, Affidavit of Support
- I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
- I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant
- I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal
- I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion
- I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant
- I-485 Supplement A, Adjustment of Status Under Section 245(i)
- I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status
- I-508, Request for Waiver of Certain Rights, Privileges, Exemptions and Immunities
- I-508F, Request for Waiver of Certain Rights, Privileges, Exemptions, and Immunities for French Nationals
- I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur
- I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status
- I-539, Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status
- I-566, Interagency Record of Request -- A, G or NATO Dependent Employment Authorization or Change/Adjustment to/from A, G or NATO Status
- I-589, Application for Asylum or Withholding of Removal
- I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility
- I-601A, Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver
- I-602, Application by Refugee for Waiver of Grounds of Excludability
- I-612, Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement (under Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as Amended)
- I-690, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility Under Sections 245A or 210 of the Act
- I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record
- I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition
- I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence
- I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
- I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status
- I-854, Inter-Agency Alien Witness and Informant Record
- I-864, Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the INA
- I-864A, Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member
- I-864EZ, Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the INA
- I-864P, Poverty Guidelines
- I-864W, Intending Immigrant's Affidavit of Support Exemption
- I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification
- I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Residence Card
- I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service
- I-910, Application for Civil Surgeon Designation
- I-912, Request for Fee Waiver
- I-914 Supplement A, Application for Family Member of T-1 Recipient
- I-914, Application for T Nonimmigrant Status
- I-918 Supplement A, Petition for Qualifying Family Member of U-1 Recipient
- I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status
- I-924, Application For Regional Center Under the Immigrant Investor Program
- I-924A, Annual Certification of Regional Center (Supplement to Form I-924)
- N-300, Application to File Declaration of Intent
- N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings
- N-400, Application for Naturalization
- N-426, Request for Certification of Military or Naval Service
- N-470, Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes
- N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document
- N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship
- N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322
- N-644, Application for Posthumous Citizenship
- N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions
- Report Misconduct
Appendix: USCIS Customer Dissatisfaction Terms and Definitions
USCIS Customer Dissatisfaction Terms and Definitions
Category and Definition
Who to Contact
Any communication received from a customer expressing dissatisfaction with USCIS. Complaints can be categorized as either “case-specific” or “non-case-specific.”
Case-specific complaints directly relate to cases processed by USCIS. Non-case-specific complaints refer to any dissatisfaction with USCIS that does not relate to a specific case.
•Cases outside normal processing times (ONPT)
•Inaccurate or incomplete responses to case-related inquiries
•Case processing errors
•Confusion regarding a notice or correspondence sent by USCIS
USCIS offices, in-person or by mail. (Addresses can be found at www.uscis.gov, under the “About Us” section.)
National Customer Service Center (NCSC) toll-free number: 1-800-375-5283
(TTY number: 1-800-767-1833)
•Rude treatment by USCIS employees or contractors
•Difficulty understanding forms, notices, instructions, or other general information
•Administration of immigration laws or USCIS policies
USCIS offices, in-person or by mail. If at a USCIS office, contact a supervisor. (Addresses can be found at www.uscis.gov, under the “About Us” section.)
NCSC toll-free number: 1-800-375-5283
(TTY number: 1-800-767-1833)
Actions of a USCIS employee or contractor that can be considered extreme or outrageous, including, but not limited to, criminal activity.  See Chapter 10, Reporting Allegations of Misconduct or Other Inappropriate Behavior [1 USCIS-PM A.10].
•Fraud, corruption, bribery, or embezzlement
•Perjury or falsification of documents or information
•Physical assault or inappropriate conduct
•Unauthorized release of classified information or unauthorized use or misuse of official government systems
•Misuse of official position for private gain
•Theft or misuse of government funds, vehicles, badges, credentials, secure forms, sensitive property, or other property
•Arrest of an employee or contractor by law enforcement personnel
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG):
•Fax: 202-254-4297; or
•Mail: DHS, OIG/MAIL STOP 0305, Attn: Office of Investigations -- Hotline, 245 Murray Lane, SW, Washington DC 20528-0305
USCIS Office of Security & Integrity (OSI):
•Fax: 202-233-2453; or
•Mail: Chief, Investigations Division, Office of Security and Integrity MS 2275, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, 633 Third Street NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20529-2275
Appendix: Legislation Assisting Military Members and their Families Obtain Immigration Benefits
The table below provides some of the major legislative amendments that have aimed at assisting qualified military personnel and their eligible family members to become U.S. citizens or to acquire other immigration benefits, or both.
Major Legislative Amendments Assisting Military Members and their Eligible Relatives to Become U.S. Citizens or to Acquire Other Immigration Benefits
Act of May 9, 1918 (40 Stat. 512)
-Accorded World War I servicemen certain exemptions from the then existing naturalization requirements
-First statute to provide for overseas processing; however, petitions that were filed and not acted upon by the courts were declared invalid before May 25, 1932  See Application of Campbell, 5 F.2d 247 (E.D. Wash. 1925). See Op. Sol. of Labor, Jan, 1926, CO file 79/9.
-Under certain circumstances resident aliens who had departed from the United States and had served honorable in the military or naval forces of an allied country during World War I were granted special naturalization
Second War Powers Act of March 27, 1942 (amending Nationality Act of 1940)
-Provided for the expeditious naturalization of members of the U.S. armed forces serving in the United States and abroad
-Provided for the naturalization of non-citizens serving during the war; the law permitted naturalization of those who did not meet requirements
-Section 702, authorized the actual naturalization of World War II servicemen outside the United States
-First time the Service had administrative authority to conduct naturalizations
Legislation of December 7, 1942 (amending Nationality Act of 1940)
-Addition of section 323a
-Granted special naturalization privileges to World War I veterans
-Embraced persons who served with the United States military or naval forces at any time after April 20, 1898, and before July 5, 1902 (Spanish-American War), as well as persons who served on the Mexican border between June 1916 and April 1917 as members of the Regular Army or National Guard (expired December 8, 1943)
Act of June 1, 1948; Immigration and Nationality Act
-Added section 324A to the Act of October 14, 1940 (Nationality Act of 1940)
-Revised, modified, and made permanent the earlier provisions for the expeditious naturalization of persons who served honorably in the United States armed forces during either World War I or II
Lodge Act, June 30, 1950 (64 Stat. 316)
-Was periodically extended during the 1950s, finally expiring on July 1, 1959
-The Act authorized naturalization under INA 329 of an alien who enlisted or reenlisted overseas under the terms of the Act; subsequently entered the United States, American Samoa, Swains Island, or the Canal Zone pursuant to military orders; completed five years of service; and was honorably discharged
Korean Hostilities; Act of June 30, 1953 (Pub. L. 86)
-Provided for the expeditious judicial naturalization of aliens, upon completion of at least 90 days' active and honorable service in the United States Armed Forces during a specified period (June 25, 1950 - July 1, 1955) extending beyond the termination date of the Korean conflict
-Under the statute, all petitions had to be filed before January 1, 1956
Vietnam Hostilities Act of October 24, 1968 (82 Stat. 1343)
-Including Vietnam Hostilities to add as qualifying, service during a period beginning February 28, 1961, and ending on the termination fixed by the President
-By Executive Order 12081, September 18, 1978, the President terminated the period of Vietnam hostilities as of October 15, 1978
-Allowed the designation by executive order such periods when the armed forces of the United States are engaged in armed conflict with a hostile foreign force
Grenada 15 Executive Order 12582 (February 2, 1987)  See Executive Order 12582, signed on February 2, 1987 (52 FR 3395, February 4, 1987). In consideration of Matter of Reyes, 910 F. 2d 611 (9th Cir. 1990), Executive Order 12582 was revoked by Executive Order 12913, effective February 2, 1987, (59 FR 23115, May 4, 1994).
-Although President Reagan designated the Grenada campaign as a period of hostilities, a federal court invalidated it entirely because, in contravention of statutory guidelines for such designations, the executive order attempted to limit the expedited naturalization benefit to persons who served in certain geographic areas and the record showed that the President would not have designated the campaign as a period of hostilities without the geographic limitations
Naturalization of Natives of the Philippines (WWII Service), Sec. 405 of Pub. L. 101-649
-Addressed by Congress in 1990 by amending INA 329 (IMMACT90)
-Such veterans were exempted from the requirement of having been admitted to lawful permanent residence to the United States or having enlisted or reenlisted in the United States
-Subsequent amendments enabled naturalization processing to be conducted in the Philippines
-Only applied to applications filed by February 2, 1995
Hmong Veterans’ Naturalization Act of 2000
-For Hmong guerilla units that aided the U.S. military during the Vietnam War era
-Provided an exemption from the English language requirement and special consideration for civics testing for Laotian refugees who supported the U.S. armed forces as members of guerrilla or irregular forces in Laos during the Vietnam War period of hostilities
-Only applied to naturalization applications filed by a veteran or spouse, within three years after May 26, 2000, or by a veteran’s widow within three years after November 1, 2000
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (Pub. L. 108-136)
-Pub. L. 108-136 was enacted on November 24 ,2003 and amended certain military-related immigration provisions of the INA, to include:
-Reduced the required period of military service from three years to one year under INA 328
-Added provision that citizenship obtained through INA 328 and 329 may be revoked if the person is separated from the U.S. armed forces under other than honorable conditions before the person has served for a period or periods aggregating five years
-Added under 8 U.S.C. 1443a that DHS must ensure that any filings, interviews, oath ceremonies, or other proceedings relating to naturalization of service members and certain military family members are available abroad through U.S. embassies, consulates, and U.S. military installations overseas as practical
-Extended benefits under INA 329(a) to those who serve or served as a member of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve
-Extended certain immigration benefits to surviving spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizen service members (including those granted citizenship posthumously under INA 329A)  See Sec. 1703 of PL 108-136.
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (Pub. L. 110-181)
-Pub. L. 110-181 was enacted on January 28, 2008 and amended certain military-related immigration provisions of the INA focused on qualifying spouses or children of members of the U.S. armed forces, to include:
-Added INA 284(b) to make clear that the lawful permanent resident status of a service member’s spouse or child is not jeopardized because the spouse or child resided abroad, as authorized by official orders, with the service member. This provision clarifies that USCIS must not treat such absences as abandonment or relinquishment of the spouse or child’s lawful permanent resident (LPR) status  See Sec. 673 of PL 110-181.
-Added INA 319(e) to allow the LPR spouse of a service member to count any qualifying time spent abroad on official orders as continuous residence and physical presence in the United States. Also permits the spouse to complete the naturalization process overseas
-Added INA 322(d) to allow the U.S. citizen parent and service member of a child filing for naturalization to count time abroad under military orders as physical presence in the United States. Also permits the child to complete the naturalization process overseas
Kendell Frederick Citizenship Assistance Act (KFCAA) (Pub. L. 110-251)
-The KFCAA was enacted on June 26, 2008
-Requires DHS to use the fingerprints provided by an individual at the time the individual enlisted in the U.S. armed forces (referred to as “OPM” or “enlistment” fingerprints) or fingerprints the applicant previously submitted to USCIS for another application to satisfy the fingerprint requirement
-If DHS determines that new biometrics would result in more timely and effective adjudication of the individual’s naturalization application, DHS must inform the applicant of this determination and provide the applicant with information on how to submit fingerprints
-Requires USCIS to adjudicate applications for naturalization filed by active-duty members of the U.S. armed forces serving abroad within 180 days of the receipt of responses to all background checks
Military Personnel Citizenship Processing Act (MPCPA) (Pub. L. 110-382)
-The MPCPA was enacted on October 9, 2008
-Requires USCIS to complete applications for naturalization filed by service members (and certain spouses) within six months of receipt or notify the applicant of the delay
-Six-month notification letters must include the reason for delay and an estimated adjudication date
See Application of Campbell, 5 F.2d 247 (E.D. Wash. 1925). See Op. Sol. of Labor, Jan, 1926, CO file 79/9.
See Acts of July 19 and November 6, 1919, May 26, 1926, March 4, 1929, May 25, 1932, June 24, 1935, August 23, 1937, June 21, 1939, December 7, 1942.
See Executive Order 12582, signed on February 2, 1987 (52 FR 3395, February 4, 1987). In consideration of Matter of Reyes, 910 F. 2d 611 (9th Cir. 1990), Executive Order 12582 was revoked by Executive Order 12913, effective February 2, 1987, (59 FR 23115, May 4, 1994).
See Sec. 1703 of PL 108-136.
See Sec. 673 of PL 110-181.