President Signs Military Personnel Citizenship Processing Act

President Bush signed into law the Military Personnel Citizenship Processing Act (S. 2840). The law, introduced by Sen. Schumer (D-NY), requires that USCIS process and issue a citizenship decision within six months of receiving an application from a current or former member of the armed forces, or their surviving dependents. If a decision is not made within that time frame, USCIS is required to explain the delay and provide a new decision target date.

The law also establishes an FBI liaison office inside USCIS and processing deadlines for other naturalization applications.

The Senate passed the measure by voice vote on 09/24/08, and the House followed suit on 09/28/08.

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