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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is Reverting to the 2008 Version of the Naturalization Civics Test

The Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (CIS Ombudsman) is sending this message to make sure you are aware that in response to President Biden’s Executive Order on Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it is reverting to the 2008 version of the naturalization civics test beginning March 1, 2021.

Acting DHS Secretary Pekoske Extends Temporary Protected Status for Syria

DHS Acting Secretary Pekoske announced an 18-month extension and re-designation of Syria’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation. This action enables over 6,700 eligible Syrian nationals (and individuals without nationality who last resided in Syria) to retain their TPS through September 2022 and allows approximately 1,800 additional individuals to file initial applications to obtain such status.

CIS Ombudsman’s Webinar Series: How the Department of Homeland Security is Combatting Human Trafficking and Forced Labor in Imported Goods

On January 13, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (CIS Ombudsman) hosted a public webinar during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to discuss how DHS combats human trafficking and forced labor in imported goods. Subject matter experts from DHS headquarters and various components joined the engagement.

USCIS and CIS Ombudsman Joint Engagements on USCIS’ Current State of Operations (Session Two)

On November 19, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (CIS Ombudsman) hosted the second of two webinar sessions to discuss U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) current state of operations given its fiscal challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic. Subject matter experts (SMEs) from USCIS joined the engagement.

Follow up Questions and Answers from the USCIS’ Processing of Concurrently Pending Forms N-400 and Forms I-751 Webinar

On October 7, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (CIS Ombudsman) hosted a public webinar to discuss USCIS’ Processing of Concurrently Pending Forms N-400 (Application for Naturalization) and Forms I-751 (Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence). Subject matter experts (SMEs) from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) also joined this session and they committed to provide answers (in writing) to the additional questions from stakeholders after the webinar.

Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman's Webinar Series: USCIS and CIS Ombudsman Joint Engagements on USCIS’ Current State of Operations

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (CIS Ombudsman) invites the public to participate in the second of two webinar sessions to discuss U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) current state of operations given its fiscal challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2020, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT.

USCIS and CIS Ombudsman Joint Engagements on USCIS’ Fiscal Challenges (Session One)

On October 28, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (CIS Ombudsman) hosted the first of two webinar sessions to discuss how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is managing adjudications and operations given its fiscal challenges as a result of COVID-19. Subject matter experts (SMEs) from USCIS joined the webinar. The second session in this series will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2020, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT.

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