Starting from July 21, 2015 new guidance (PA-2015-001) in the USCIS Policy Manual clarifies the eligibility requirements for modifications to the Oath of Allegiance. The Oath is a part of the naturalization process. Normally the candidates for citizenship declare that they will “bear arms on behalf of the United States” and “perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States” when required by the law.
According to the modified Oath of Allegiance the new guidance clarifies that a candidate:
• May be eligible for modifications based on religious training and belief, or conscientious objection arising from a deeply held moral or ethical code.
• Is not required to belong to a specific church or religion, follow a particular theology or belief, or to have had religious training in order to qualify.
• May submit, but is not required to provide, an attestation from a religious or other type of organization, as well as other evidence to establish eligibility.
For providing any feedback on this guidance, you can visit Policy Manual for Comment no later than August 4, 2015.