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H.R. 4858: Remote Naturalization Act

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Should the final step of the process continue to remain exclusively in-person?


Federal law requires that an immigrant becoming naturalized as a U.S. citizen “must appear in person in a public ceremony.” Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, that wasn’t really an issue.

In March 2020, at the pandemic’s outset, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) suspended in-person service at its offices, including naturalization ceremonies. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people’s citizenships were delayed.

Though USCIS reopened in June 2020, pandemic-era measures such as reduced capacity and hours meant many were still delayed in obtaining citizenship. (Although a few USCIS offices invented a clever workaround: drive-through citizenship ceremonies.)

Earlier this year, USCIS began issuing remote or virtual oath ceremonies specifically for eligible military ...

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Norma Torres

Sponsor. Representative for California's 35th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 29, 2021
Length: 5 pages
Jul 29, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Jul 29, 2021

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2 Cosponsors (2 Democrats)

4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jul 29, 2021

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