Mark A Ivener, A Law Corporation

Category: Citizenship

USCIS Changes Filing Location for Notices of Motion or Appeal Related to Citizenship Applications

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that starting on January 1, 2016, those filing a Form I-290B, Notice of Motion or Appeal, in response to a decision on a Form N-600 (Application for Certificate of Citizenship) or N-600K (Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322) must mail the I-290B to the… Read More

White House Announces New Measures Under Citizenship Initiative

The Obama administration recently announced several new measures as part of its citizenship initiative. For example, on September 19, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting and processing credit card payments for the naturalization application and biometrics fee. Previously, the fees could only be paid with a check or money order. USCIS also… Read More

USCIS Revises Naturalization Application

As part of its forms improvement initiative, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, on February 4, 2014. The eligibility requirements for naturalization have not changed. The revised N-400 includes additional questions relating to good moral character and to security, to conform with the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism… Read More

DOS Launches 90-Day Pilot Program Allowing Online Passport Card Applications

On January 24, 2012, the Department of State’s Office of Passport Services launched a 90-day pilot program allowing adult U.S. citizens living in the United States and Canada to apply for a passport card online. Those applying online are not required to mail in their current passport book. The wallet-sized U.S. passport card costs $30… Read More

Coast Guard Seeks Comments on Mechanisms of Compliance With U.S. Citizenship Requirements for Owners of Vessels Engaging in Restricted Trades by Publicly Traded Companies

Under existing statutes, at least 75 percent of the ownership of vessels eligible to engage in the coastwise or fisheries trades must be vested in U.S. citizens. The Coast Guard is seeking comments and information on the various mechanisms that publicly traded companies use to assure compliance with the citizenship requirement. The Coast Guard noted… Read More