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August 23, 2017POLICY ALERTWaiver Policies and Procedures
July 26, 2017POLICY ALERTBiometrics Requirements for Naturalization
June 28, 2017POLICY ALERTAdministrative Naturalization Ceremonies
June 14, 2017POLICY ALERTJob Creation and Capital At Risk Requirements for Investors
January 05, 2017Technical UpdateClarifying Intent to Reside in United States for Naturalization Purposes
January 05, 2017Technical UpdateMedical Codes for Purposes of Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions
December 21, 2016POLICY ALERTRegistration of Lawful Permanent Resident Status

Volume 12 – Citizenship & Naturalization

Part H – Children of U.S. Citizens

Chapter 1 – Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 – Definition of Child for Citizenship and Naturalization

Chapter 3 – United States Citizens at Birth (INA 301 and 309)

Chapter 4 – Automatic Acquisition of Citizenship after Birth (INA 320)

Chapter 5 – Child Residing Outside of the United States (INA 322)

Chapter 6 – Special Provisions for the Naturalization of Children


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 UpdateChild 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 ALERTEffect 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).

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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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Current as of August 23, 2017