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Starting May 5, USCIS Will Only Accept the Current Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
Are you thinking of applying to become a U.S. citizen? It is important to know that starting on May 5, USCIS will only accept the current edition of Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, dated 9/13/2013.
You can download the current edition of the N-400, for free on our website.
You can find the edition date at the bottom of any Form N-400 page.
USCIS will reject and return all naturalization applications that use versions of Form N-400 with an edition date before September 13, 2013.
We issued the current edition of the N-400 on February 4, 2014. As we transitioned to the redesigned form, we allowed applicants to continue using previous versions for a 90-day period. This transition period ends on Sunday, May 4.
About the revised Form N-400
The revised form has an improved, user-friendly look and feel and clearer instructions. It also has enhanced 2D (two dimensional) barcode technology that improves efficiency and data accuracy, resulting in fewer rejected forms. For more information on the changes to Form N-400, please watch our “USCIS Revises Form N-400, Application for Naturalization” video, available on our YouTube channel.
Please note that the naturalization eligibility requirements have not changed. Individuals who are unable to fill out the revised Form N-400 electronically may still print the form and complete it by hand in black ink.
Before submitting Form N-400, be sure to sign it and include the correct filing fee and supporting documentation to avoid any delays.