Important Updates on Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

In recent months, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new version of Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.

What has changed on the new N-400 form?

While your N-400 checklist is still mostly the same, there are some very important changes to note on this newly updated form.

One of the most important revisions is that preparers and interpreters must now sign Form N-400, as opposed to using a stamp or sticker to note their work on the form.

There is also a proposal to increase the filing fee for Fiscal Year 2016/2017. The proposed change would raise the fee from the current $595 + $85 for biometrics (fingerprints) for a total filing fee of $680 up to an increased amount of $640 + $85 for a total filing fee of $725.

What if I have the old N-400 form? 

The USCIS is offering a “grace period” where it will accept either form up until October 1, 2016 (extended from the original August 9 date). If the application was prepared at a group assistance event, USCIS will also still honor sponsoring organizations’ stamps or stickers in place of the additional data now required from preparers and interpreters.

However, applicants should be aware of the revision and its updated requirements. All should be sure to utilize the new form for any new applications moving forward.

Final N-400 Instructions

While this post is meant to serve as a general guide on N-400 updates, it is critical that you work with an experienced immigration lawyer. They will make sure you are following all of the latest requirements, as well as taking the best overall approach to your situation.

The Board Certified immigration attorneys at Shane & Shane have collectively helped thousands properly complete the N-400 and ultimately achieve their dream of U.S. citizenship. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and see how we can do the same for you!