New N-400 FAQ
REVISED FORM N-400 APPLICATION FOR NATURALIZATION
Updated May 3, 2016
US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised Application for Naturalization (Form N-400) on April 13, 2016. Although the N-400 has changed, the naturalization eligibility requirements and filing fee will remain the same. For additional information on naturalization requirements and fees, see, “A Guide to Naturalization” at www.uscis.gov/natzguide.
Why has the form changed?
The form was changed to streamline the application process by saving an applicant time if a certain part does not apply to the applicant.
What has changed on the form?
The 2D barcode technology has been removed from the new version of the form. More detailed language has been added in the Applicant, Interpreter, and Preparer’s sections. We are working with USCIS to clarify the effect of the added language.
Can applicants for citizenship still use the old form?
Yes, but only for a limited period of time.
For how long will the older versions of Form N-400 be accepted?
Applicants may continue to use old version of the form until Tuesday, August 9, 2016. Starting Wednesday, August 10, 2016, USCIS will only accept the new edition and reject and return old versions of the form.
Has the filing fee changed?
Not now, but USCIS has proposed a fee increase on May 3, 2016. The application filing fee is currently $595 plus a $85 biometrics fee for a total of $680. Applicants 75 years of age or older do not pay the biometrics fee, so their total is $595.
On May 3, 2016, USCIS proposed a $45 fee increase to the N-400, application for naturalization. The total cost would then be $640 plus a $85 biometrics fee for a total of $725.
USCIS has also proposed a tiered fee structure for applicants. There is still a complete waiver of the fees for applicants receiving a government means-tested benefit, are at or below 150% of the federal poverty guideline based on household, and are experiencing financial hardship. USCIS proposes a $320 application fee for applicants who are between 150% - 200% of the federal poverty guideline based on household.
Is the applicant required to complete the form electronically?
No. Applicants may complete the N-400, application for naturalization, either electronically or by paper form using black ink. Either way, USCIS is not accepting the application electronically. Applications must be submitted via mail to a USCIS lockbox facility dependent on your physical address.
Is this going to affect the naturalization interview?
We are unclear at this point due to the new added language in the Applicant, Interpreter, and Preparer’s section. We are working with USCIS to clarify these requirements.
What should prospective applicants do?
Permanent residents who are eligible for naturalization are encouraged to call Advancing Justice – LA for an assessment of their eligibility and assistance with their N-400.
1-855- 300-2552 (Tagalog)
Will Advancing Justice – Los Angeles still assist with naturalization with the new version of the N-400?
Yes, absolutely. Advancing Justice – LA staff are in the process of analyzing the new form and creating materials to assist applicants with their naturalization applications. We will continue to serve the community with citizenship assistance and are prepared to address these changes. Free citizenship clinics are available at the Advancing Justice – LA office or at our offsite clinics. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.