ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man will soon become a U.S. citizen after winning a federal lawsuit that overturned immigration authorities’ rejection of his naturalization application.

A federal judge last month ruled that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was wrong to reject Jordanian native Jamal Abusamhadaneh’s application. The judge, James Cacheris, said USCIS wrongly drew sinister conclusions about Abusamhadaneh’s purported links to a well-known Virginia mosque and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Cacheris will personally deliver the citizenship oath to Abusamhadaneh Thursday at the federal courthouse in Alexandria.

Immigration lawyers say it’s rare for a judge to completely reject a decision by USCIS and grant citizenship outright.

Abusamhadaneh’s lawyers say the problems stemmed from an anonymous FBI report that wrongly linked him to the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group outlawed in some countries.

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