N-470, Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes

Purpose of Form

Use this form if you are a lawful permanent resident who must leave the United States for a period of one year or longer for certain employment purposes and you want to preserve your status as an immigrant in order to pursue naturalization.

“Certain employment purposes” includes working for:

  • The U.S. government
  • An entity that is currently recognized by USCIS as an American institution of research
  • An American firm or corporation (or a subsidiary of that firm or corporation) where you engage in developing the foreign trade and commerce of the United States
  • An American firm or corporation engaged in the development of foreign trade and commerce of the United States, where you protect the property rights outside the United States of that American firm or corporation
  • A public international organization of which the United States is a member by treaty or statute
  • A denomination or mission that has a bona fide organization in the United States in which you perform ministerial or priestly functions or your sole role is a clergyman or clergywoman, missionary, brother, nun, or sister

Note: If you are eligible for naturalization under section 319(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) because you are married to a U.S. citizen working for certain organizations overseas, you are exempt from establishing the naturalization residency and physical presence requirements. Therefore, you are not required to file Form N-470. Please visit www.uscis.gov/n-400 for more information on applying for naturalization under section 319(b) of the INA.

Number of Pages

Form 7; Instructions 9.

Edition Date

12/23/16. No previous editions accepted. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the Form and Instructions.

Where to File

There is now a single filing address for this form. Do not file this form at a USCIS field office. You must mail your Form N-470 application to the USCIS Lockbox at the address below to avoid processing delays.

U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS
PO Box 650809
Dallas, TX 75265

For FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS
ATTN: N-470
2501 S. State Hwy.121, Business
Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067

Filing Tips for Form N-470, Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes

Complete all sections of the form. The form will be rejected if these fields are missing:

  • Part 5 – Interpreter’s Contact Information, Certification, and Signature
    • Interpreter’s Signature (if applicable)
  • Part 6 – Contact Information, Declaration, and Signature of the Person Preparing this Application, if Other Than the Applicant
    • Preparer’s Signature (if applicable)

Sign the form in Part 4, Applicant’s Signature. The fillable version of Form N-470 now includes a “Don’t forget to sign!” message and an arrow pointing to the signature box as a reminder for when you print the completed form for mailing. If there is no signature in Part 4, USCIS will reject the form and return it for correction and re-filing.

Filing Fee

$355, effective 12 a.m. Eastern U.S. time, December 23, 2016.

Special Instructions

Note on Filing Fee: Checks should be made payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Attorney or representative: You may be represented, at no expense to the U.S. Government, by an attorney or other duly authorized representative. Your representative must submit Form G-28, Notice of Entry or Appearance as Attorney or Representative, with your Form N-470. Your representative may also submit Form G-28 at the time of your interview.

To ensure your Form N-470 is accepted for processing:

  • Fill out the form completely and accurately
  • Sign the form
  • Pay the correct filing fee of $355
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