There is a new version of the Form N-400 Application for Naturalization released by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. USCIS has indicated that all eligible permanent residents must fill out the N-400 form as part of their naturalization application. The current version of the form is 10 pages in comparison to its updated layout of 20 pages. In 2012, USCIS launched a forms improvement initiative to achieve several goals which include efforts to enhance forms, provide the most efficient means for collecting and processing required data, and make the forms easier for applicants to submit.
It is important to note that although the form has changed neither the naturalization eligibility requirements have changed nor the filing fee. The form includes four new focal points of modification including: one-improved instructions to assist in the understanding and completion of questions; two-a new format to simplify the application and facilitate USCIC to input data by using 2D barcode technology while reducing the rejection rate of the application at intake; three-improved specification of eligibility requirements for general requirements, English language exemptions, and eligibility through derivation or naturalization; and four-additional questions pertaining to national security concerns and good moral requirements. In addition, there are new preparer, applicant, and interpreter statements to be completed as well as a section dedicated to nobility and renunciation of foreign titles.
Older versions of the Form N-400 will only be accepted up to 90 days after the release of the new form date, in other words, the older versions will only be accepted until May 2, 2014. Starting Monday, May 5, 2014,USCIS will only accept the 09/13/13 edition. Any previous version of Form N-400 submitted after the aforementioned date will be rejected and sent back to the applicant. The new version can be submitted electronically but applicants should take note that The 2D barcode is customized to each N-400 individual application. USCIS has indicated that to take advantage of the 2D barcode improvements, such as quick and accurate intake of the application, electronic completion of the revised form is encouraged. The revised form is now available for free by contacting Benavides & Serrano PLLC at 713-222-2828. Call today for a free consultation and to obtain the assistance you deserve to complete your pathway towards becoming a U.S. Citizen.