Part D - General Naturalization Requirements
INA 101(f) - Definition of good moral character
INA 314 - Ineligibility to naturalization of deserters from U.S. armed forces
INA 317 - Temporary absence of persons performing religious duties
INA 318 - Prerequisite to naturalization, burden of proof
INA 325 - Nationals but not citizens; residence within outlying possessions
INA 327 - Former citizens losing citizenship by entering armed forces of foreign countries during World War II
INA 330 - Constructive residence through service on certain United States vessels
No appendices available at this time.
Technical Update - Replacing the Term “Foreign National”October 08, 2019
This technical update replaces all instances of the term “foreign national” with “alien” throughout the Policy Manual as used to refer to a person who meets the definition provided in INA 101(a)(3) [“any person not a citizen or national of the United States”].
Technical Update - Clarifying Intent to Reside in United States for Naturalization PurposesJanuary 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 ALERT - Effective Date of Lawful Permanent Residence for Purposes of Citizenship and NaturalizationJuly 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.
Technical Update - Multiple Absences and Residence and Physical PresenceJuly 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 - Religious Missionaries Abroad and Residence and Physical PresenceOctober 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 EmployeesOctober 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 - Security-Related Positions AbroadJune 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 GuidanceJanuary 07, 2013
USCIS is issuing updated and comprehensive citizenship and naturalization policy guidance in the new USCIS Policy Manual.