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Judge rules NO Increase in USCIS Fees

In an effort to thwart the Administrations attempt to dissuade Naturalization applications, a federal judge stopped the fee increases which would have doubled.

Delays in the naturalization process mean that many immigrants will be unable to vote in the 2020 election.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, all naturalization ceremonies and interviews have stopped, and USCIS has not indicated that it will consider any remote alternatives. So far, tens of thousands of immigrants have been affected, and postponed ceremonies and interviews continue to pile up. For each day USCIS remains closed, 2100 immigrants will run out of time to vote in this year’s election. Advocates have noted that there is no reason why ceremonies and interviews cannot happen via video conferencing, since many other government processes do.

With the reopening of USCIS offices, naturalizations will resume.

Some USCIS offices are now open to the public as of June 4. This means that the thousands of immigrants who were kept from completing the naturalization process will now be able to finish the process and take the Oath of Allegiance. The timing of this is especially crucial, since many hope to have their citizenship before the November election.

With the reopening of USCIS offices, naturalizations will resume.

Some USCIS offices are now open to the public as of June 4. This means that the thousands of immigrants who were kept from completing the naturalization process will now be able to finish the process and take the Oath of Allegiance. The timing of this is especially crucial, since many hope to have their citizenship before the November election.

USCIS Makes Naturalization Application Available Online for Military Personnel and Veterans

USCIS announced that U.S. service members and veterans can now file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, online.

More than 400,000 People Barred from Becoming Citizens Due to Coronavirus

Hundreds of thousands of people may be unable to complete the process to become American citizens in time for the November election due to the coronavirus pandemic. USCIS has been shut down since March 18 and is scheduled to remain closed until at least May 3. The agency has not provided a remote option for citizenship interviews or oath ceremonies.

A USCIS policy manual update has clarified the effect of long absences from the U.S. on continuous residency.

On February 26, USCIS published an update to the policy manual. The update clarified that applicants absent from the U.S. for more than 6 months but less than a year must overcome the presumption that they have broken the continuity of residence in the U.S. It also clarifies that if continuity of residence is broken, the applicant must establish a new period of residency before applying for citizenship. These requirements already existed but have now been clarified in the policy manual.

Another Win for Our Law Office

After nearly 3 years, and despite various possible grounds of inadmissibility, Client’s application for adjustment of status was granted based on her approved I-360 under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  Client can now remain in the United States legally and apply for naturalization in 3 years.

The issue of American Samoans’ citizenship is still unclear.

A federal judge said American Samoans should be considered U.S. citizens, not U.S. nationals. However, on Friday another federal judge issued a stay on that order until the issue is resolved on appeal. Being a U.S. national means that American Samoans cannot vote in U.S. elections or hold certain government jobs. The government’s position on appeal is the courts cannot make citizenship decisions, only Congress can. The government of American Samoa agreed with the U.S. government, saying that “imposed” U.S. citizenship would violate American Samoa’s self-determination.

Another win for Law Offices of Brian Lerner on Naturalization

Naturalization application approved at interview with several public charge issues

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