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Volume 12 – Citizenship & Naturalization

Part D – General Naturalization Requirements


Chapter 1 – Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 – Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) Admission for Naturalization

Chapter 3 – Continuous Residence

Chapter 4 – Physical Presence

Chapter 5 – Modifications and Exceptions to Continuous Residence and Physical Presence

Chapter 6 – Jurisdiction, Place of Residence, and Early Filing

Chapter 7 – Attachment to the Constitution

Chapter 8 – Educational Requirements

Chapter 9 – Good Moral Character


 

Technical UpdateClarifying 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).


 

POLICY ALERTEffective 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. 


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Technical UpdateMultiple 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 UpdateReligious 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 UpdateTreating 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 ALERTSecurity-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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POLICY ALERTComprehensive 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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Legal Authorities

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Appendices

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Current as of May 23, 2018