This blog article is about the n-400 application. A foreigner looking to become a U.S. citizen can do so through naturalization. There are certain requirements that must be met in order to go through this process. You must have met all eligibility requires and fit into one of the following categories: have been a permanent resident for at least five years, have been a permanent resident for at least three years and meet eligibility requirements to file as a spouse of a U.S. Citizen or you have served in the U.S. armed forces. If you have a child, that child may qualify for naturalization if you were born in the U.S., the child was born outside the U.S. and all other eligibility requirements have been met.
The application to file for naturalization is the N-400 application, Application for Naturalization. You will also be required to take an English, U.S. history and civics test during your interview.
The N-400 application contains ten pages and eight pages of instructions. The fee for this form is $680 which includes an $85 biometric fee. There is no fee for military applicants under section 328 and 329 of the INA. Those applicants who are 75 years or older do not have to pay biometric fee of $85.
When you fill out the application, be sure to use black ink and write legibly. Fill it each page completely. You need to be completely honest in your answers. Do not lie to or mislead the government. If you believe you need to do this that is a good indication that you need to be reviewing your case with an immigration attorney. Make sure to write your USCIS A-number on the right hand corner of each page. When you are done make sure you read each page, line by line, to make absolutely sure every thing is accurate.
There are several different addresses where you can mail your form depending on where you live and if you are part of the military. Mail your naturalization application Certified Mail/Return Receipt Requested
Make sure you do not mail your paperwork in too early to USCIS. If you do this then your case will not be approved and you will lose your filing fee.
It is ALWAYS recommended that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney prior to filing any paperwork with USCIS. This is even more true with a naturalization case because if things do not go well your case can be denied AND you can lose your green card.
If you want help preparing the documents or if you would like our office to simply represent you in your case (where we analyze your case, prepare the application, and represent you at your interview) then please call us at 888-801-6558. We have office locations throughout California and clients located throughout the World. Please also read our blog article: Top 10 things USCIS checks at your citizenship interview.
This article is meant for general information only. Immigration laws can and do change. We hoped you enjoyed this article about the n400 application.
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