As a Miami immigration attorney, some people have asked me about the USCIS’s decision to revise Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. Here are some frequently asked questions.
Why did the USCIS revise the Application for Naturalization (Form N-400)?
The revisions to Form N-400 provide USCIS with additional tools to make important eligibility determinations, present customers with clearer instructions, and incorporate technology that improves efficiency and accuracy for both USCIS and our customers. Although the form is now revised, the eligibility requirements for naturalization have not changed. If you have any questions in regard to the above, you may want to speak with a Miami immigration lawyer for more information.
What’s new about the revised Form N-400?
- Additional questions to conform with the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) of 2004 and Child Soldier Prevention Act of 2008. The additional information is important for USCIS to make a complete and informed determination of an applicant’s eligibility for U.S. citizenship. The questions relate not only to concerns surrounding good moral character but also to issues relating to the security of the United States.
- Clearer and more comprehensive instructions now highlight general eligibility requirements and help customers understand the naturalization application process by providing specific instructions on how to complete each part of the application.
- 2D barcode technology at the bottom of each page that greatly enhances USCIS’s ability to more efficiently scan data for direct input to USCIS systems. This feature results in improved data quality, efficiency in processing, and overall integrity of the naturalization program.
Again, if you have any questions about this, feel free to consult with a Miami immigration lawyer.
When did the USCIS stop using the older version of Form N-400?
On Monday, May 5, 2014, USCIS will no longer accept older versions of Form N-400. USCIS will reject and return previous versions of Form N-400 submitted after May 5, 2014. I would suggest that you consult with a Miami immigration lawyer before taking the chance of using an older version.
If you would like more information on the revised Application for Naturalization (Form N-400), please contact Miami immigration lawyer Michael G. Murray, Esq. at (305) 895-2500 or visit our website at murraysilva.com.