USCIS Revises Naturalization Application Form

Revision of N-400Implementing public comments to improve the application for naturalization required for full U.S. citizenship, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has published a new edition of Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. The changes in the new edition of the form is intended to streamline the paperwork process for customers and to also implement language improvements in instructions around documentation evidence requirement instruction, among other changes.

USCIS introduced its new version of the form on April 13, announcing the revision in a press release. While the new edition is available at uscis.gov/n-400, USCIS is still accepting the previous version of the form– the one published on Sept. 13, 2013– until Aug. 9, 2016  Beginning on Aug. 10, 2016, the agency will process new edition applications exclusively. USCIS will reject and return applications on previous versions of Form N-400.

In the release on the new edition of the form, USCIS describes three specific change:

  • Barcode removed. The new version of the form doesn’t include the 2D barcode technology encoded on the earlier version.
  • Application streamlining. Customers can now fill out those parts of the application that apply only to them. “For example, we added language on page one about your parents’ citizenship,” according to the press release. “Your answers will determine whether you complete Part 6, or continue directly to Part 7.”
  • Identified evidence. The agency has improved language in the form instruction “to help you identify what evidence you need to submit with your form and bring to your interview.”

USCIS posted the original draft of the latest Form N-400 revision on April 9 of last year when it was subjected to a 60-day public comment period. On Sept. 30, the form began a 30-day comment period, which USCIS describes as “numerous.”  

While the application for naturalization form has changed, citizenship eligibility requirements remain the same. USCIS offers information on how to complete the form and also eligibility requirements uscis.gov/n-400. Additional information is available through the agency’s Guide to Naturalization.