The naturalization process includes few different steps from filing applications to taking the Oath of Allegiance. However, only if the applicants complete the first step successfully can they move on to the other steps and finally obtain U.S. citizenship.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form N-400, Application for Naturalization must be filed by those seeking to become U.S. citizens.
This form includes 21 pages and comes along with form instructions. As the new form has been published by USCIS using 2D barcode technology, applicants can complete their forms online. But they cannot file the form online. They need to print the completed form, affix their signature and submit it. They also have an option to complete the form by hand.
After completing their forms, they can ask their friends or relatives to look over their forms in order to ensure that they have completed their forms accurately and that they have not missed out important information.
The naturalization application must be submitted along with two passport-style photos. Applicants must submit a variety of supporting documents in order to show that they are eligible for citizenship status. In certain cases, USCIS might ask them to submit additional information. If required, they will need to submit additional documents.
The N-400 application package must include the supporting documents, form filing fee and the biometric services fee. People seeking exemptions to the civics or the English tests will need to submit Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions along with form N-400.
When you’re ready to complete your application, follow these tips to make your experience filing for naturalization an easy one.
Use a computer to file Form N-400. Lots of people like to fill out forms by hand, but the chances for errors are much greater. Since you would have to use pen, making corrections would be much harder to do on paper than on a computer. Usimmigration.com allows you to complete the application online with the help of step-by-step software (which also includes error-checking and a review by a licensed immigration attorney)
Answer each question honestly. Incorrect information on your application may make it hard for you to become a citizen. USCIS officers check every detail.
If the question doesn’t apply to you, write “N/A”. If the answer to a question is “none,” write “none,” don’t leave the box blank.
If you run out of space to answer a question, use a different sheet of paper to continue your answer. Just remember to include your Alien Registration Number and your signature as well as the part and number of the question. Also, include the date.
Make sure you’re using the American date format of MM/DD/YYYY. Other date formats may cause confusion.
Make sure you have the correct payment amount included in the application package. Application packages that do not have a payment will be returned, further delaying your citizenship application.
You might be able to apply for a fee waiver. Check the instructions of the citizenship application to see if you’re eligible.
Review your application! Before you put your application in the package to be mailed out, look over it just one last time to make sure that it is error-free.