When you have determined your eligibility and gathered the required documents, you need to start filling out your Form N-400. Instructions on how to do it are as follows:
The first part of the form concerns your eligibility to apply using Form N-400 for U.S. citizenship. Here, you must indicate under which criteria you can apply.
Sections 2, 3, and 4
Parts two to four deal with your personal information, any accommodations you may require, and how the USCIS can contact you to provide details regarding the status of your application.
You will need to provide your full legal name along with any other versions of your name that may be applicable. This must be the same name on your permanent resident card or any other supporting documents you will include.
If you include your marriage certificate, you can use it as a legal name change document, and your married name will be used by the USCIS if you are awarded a certificate of naturalization.
You will also need to indicate any special accommodations that you require, such as impairment or disability exceptions that exclude you from taking the biometric screening or sitting for the citizenship test. If you have lived in the U.S. for many years, you may be eligible for exclusion from the English portion of the test.
In the fourth section, you will have to provide the USCIS with your contact details so that they can inform you of the outcome of your application. It is unusual for the USCIS to call applicants, so make sure you include an email address that will be used for correspondence.
Sections 5, 6, and 7
The USCIS can also decide to mail you instructions, notices, and appointments, so in this section, you will need to include your residential or mailing address. Also, be sure to include your address history going back as far as the last three or five years, according to your eligibility criteria.
If you have at least one U.S. citizen parent, you will need to provide information about them, such as names and contact information. Otherwise, you can skip this section by answering with “N/A.”
Section seven is reserved for your biographic information, which has to do with your race and ethnicity, as well as other details about your physical appearance, such as hair colour, eye colour, weight, and height.
Sections 8 and 9
In the eighth section, you will need to list all your employment information for the past five years, which includes the places you have worked at, schools you have attended, as well as any information about military service and self-employment.
If there is too much information to fit in the space provided, you can attach an addendum with all the additional employment details.
If you have travelled outside the U.S. during your five-year wait period, you will need to list all the places you visited, as well as the dates and duration of each trip. This includes any visits to the Caribbean, Canada, or Mexico.
This will help to determine whether you meet the continuous residence requirement for Form N-400 applications. In most cases, trips that last over six months will disrupt these continuous residence requirements.
Sections 10 and 11
You will need to provide information about your marital status and marital history. If you are applying based on being married to a U.S. citizen currently or in the past, you will need to be as accurate as possible when submitting your information.
Also, you will need to supply information about all of your children, such as names, ages, and locations.
Under section 12 of your Form N-400 application, you will be asked to include additional information about yourself. There is a good moral character requirement for each application, which is greatly affected by your answers in this section, so you need to be careful when answering.
In cases where you are unsure whether your involvement with a certain individual, group, or organization may affect your chances of being granted citizenship, you should consider talking to an immigration lawyer.
Sections 13, 14, and 15
Section 13 of Form N-400 is about the applicant’s statement. Do not forget to sign this section because many rejections are because of this small error.
If another person has interpreted or prepared Form N-400 for you, they must submit their details under sections 14 and 15. Also, they should sign as the interpreter or preparer.
Sections 16, 17, and 18
The last three sections of your Form N-400 should be left blank. Do not fill in any information under sections 16, 17, and 18. These areas will be filled in after your interview and during the oath ceremony.
The way you fill in your Form N-400 is vital to the success or rejection of your application for U.S. citizenship. As such, you need to be very careful that you do not submit a form full of errors or wrong information.
To make it easier for you, remember the following do’s and don’ts for every lawful permanent resident applying for citizenship using Form N-400:
After you submit Form N-400, the USCIS will review it and ask you for additional information or documents if required. You will then be asked to come in for your biometric scans, which will be used to verify your identity as well as run background and criminal history checks.
Once you are cleared of any past criminal activity, you will be invited to come to your nearest USCIS field office for an interview.
You can prepare for the naturalization interview by going over all your answers in the Form N-400 application, brushing up on your English, studying for the civics tests, and gathering any additional documents you may have been asked to bring.
With a Citizen Concierge by your side during the entire application for the naturalization process, the task will not be as complicated as it may seem initially. You can enjoy the following services:
One of the most important steps in the naturalization application process is to verify whether or not you are eligible to apply for citizenship using Form N-400. Being a permanent resident may not be enough, as there are other criteria that you may need to meet.
Citizen Concierge will assist you with filling in your Form N-400 and making sure you do not forget to sign the appropriate areas and provide the required documents.
Once you have downloaded and filled out your Form N-400, Citizen Concierge will help you file it to the appropriate USCIS address.
If you schedule an appointment with a filing specialist today, you will have taken the first major step on your journey to becoming a U.S. citizen. Although the wait may be long, Citizen Concierge will be there to help you along the way, so call now and talk to a specialist.