USCIS Form Improvements Initiative

Easy-to-Use Formats: We are publishing many of our forms in a 2-column, Adobe fillable format. When completed electronically, this format restricts incorrect entries and provides informational pop-up boxes to assist customers.

User-Friendly Look and Feel: We have improved several of our naturalization forms to include clear and comprehensive instructions in plain language.

Centralized Processing: We will continue to centralize filing locations at the USCIS Lockbox facilities.  Our Lockbox facilities provide fast, secure and standard intake services for over 5 million forms filed annually.  Beginning in February 2013, customers filing Form N-470, Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes, will mail them to the Dallas Lockbox facility.

New Data Collection Technologies: Beginning with Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, we will publish our high-volume forms with 2D barcode technology.  When you complete these forms using a computer, the barcode at the bottom of the page will store the data entered on the form.  We will be able to scan the information from the barcode and upload it directly to USCIS systems, allowing us to improve data quality and operational efficiency.

We have published “2D Barcode Requirements” for each of our high-volume forms currently using the 2D barcode technology.

Please do not attach anything to or damage the barcode.

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Enhanced Web Content: We are posting filing addresses and detailed fee information on our form landing pages.  Check the “Where to File” section for the form you are filing for the most current filing addresses.

We published an improved and detailed Form G-1055, Fee Schedule.  You can also find fee information in the form instructions and in detailed fee charts on many form landing pages.

Our Latest Form Improvements: Forms that have been published.

TitleForm NumberImprovement
Application for Temporary Protected StatusI-821New Data Collection Technologies
Notice of Appeal or MotionI-290BUser-Friendly Look and Feel
Application for NaturalizationN-400

User-Friendly Look and Feel
New Data Collection Technologies

Application for Action on an Approved Application or PetitionI-824User-Friendly Look and Feel

Application for Family Unity Benefits


User-Friendly Look and Feel

Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document

I-102Easy-to-Use Formats

Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card


New Data Collection Technologies

Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility


Easy-to-Use Formats

Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (Under Section 336 of the INA)

N-336User-Friendly Look and Feel

Application for Certificate of Citizenship

N-600User-Friendly Look and Feel

Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker

I-140Easy-to-Use Formats

Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes


Centralized Processing

Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited RepresentativeG-28New Data Collection Technologies

E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance

G-1145User-Friendly Look and Feel

Application to File Declaration of Intention

N-300User-Friendly Look and Feel

Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the Act

I-864New Data Collection Technologies

Application for Travel Document

I-131New Data Collection Technologies
Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)I-129F

Easy-to-Use Formats

Coming Soon: Forms that are under review or available for public comment.

TitleForm NumberImprovement

Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

I-485New Data Collection Technologies

Petition for Alien Relative

I-130New Data Collection Technologies

Filing Reminders: To take advantage of these improvements, we recommend downloading our forms from and completing them electronically.  Remember, forms are free.

To ensure your application is accepted, please:

  • Submit the correct fee – incorrect fee is the top reason we reject applications.
  • Sign your application.
  • Complete the entire form and submit evidence listed in the form instructions.
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