Immigration Reform: Reducing Barriers to Naturalization for Older Immigrants
The Senate recently introduced a bill on immigration reform. The bill is extensive, and covers many issues. Here, we wanted to highlight a few provisions on naturalization for older immigrants.
- Waive the English language requirement and civics test requirement for anyone over age 65 and lawfully present for at least five years. The current English language and civics requirements waivers only apply to physical and developmental impairment cases.
- Waive the English language requirement for anyone who is over 60 years of age and lawfully present for at least 10 years. The current law requires individuals to be at least 55 years of age and lawfully present for at least 15 years, or at least 50 years of age and lawfully present for at least 20 years. These exceptions remain in the proposed bill.
- Allow the Secretary of Department of Homeland Security to waive the civics requirement on a case-by-case basis for anyone who is over 60 years of age and lawfully present for at least 10 years. Previously, the law required individuals to be at least 65 years of age and be lawfully present for at least 20 years.
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