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For proper documentation of all residents in the U.S., the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has different forms for each of the many services it offers to both citizens and immigrants of the U.S. One of these forms is specifically for citizenship: the N-400 Application for Naturalization.
The USCIS is the government agency charged with the responsibility of attending to the cases pertaining to immigrants’ eligibility of working and residing in the country. For easy identification and understanding of the various applications, the USCIS has a code name for each of the forms used in filling different immigration cases at its office.
The N-400 form is what an immigrant to the United States needs to file in order to begin the process becoming a citizen in the country. Before considering the process of naturalization, you are expected to meet the United States eligibility requirement for citizens. The requirements include:
Meeting these requirements will pave the way for the N-400 application process.
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Each of the services performed by the USCIS requires thorough application processes. The timing, requirements, and money involved will be determined by the rules guiding the specific issue you intend filing for. Most of these applications involve completing some forms either as paperwork or through an online process, which will then be proceeded with a series of follow-up activities that include interviews and biometric screening.
The processing times for the N-400 naturalization application might take as little as 6 or 7 months or as long as 30 months depending on the city you are processing in, the service center you are using, the time of year, and your unique situation.
In between the day when the application process commences and the day when you will officially be a citizen of United States of America, there are several activities that will take place. The step by step of these activities after your application submission has been verified and deemed worthy of processing are as follows:
The cost for N-400 naturalization is $725, which covers both the N-400 filing fee and biometric services fee. You can pay the fee with your debit card, credit card, or bank transfer. The USCIS provides a fee waiver for those who cannot afford the N-400 filing fee, which exempts them from the payment. However, before you can be considered for the exemption, you have to file an I-192 to request for the waiver and you must prove beyond reasonable doubt that you truly cannot afford it.
The N-400 Naturalization Application process used to be only by mail, but presently, the USCIS has given applicants the opportunity of filing online. With this, you can begin the process at the comfort of your home or office. To file your application online, the first step is to create an account with the USCIS. Having successfully created an account which must contain your email address and a password, then you can proceed with your filing process. You can also check the status of your case as well receive updates from the USCIS. Other things you can do with your online account are:
N-400 naturalization application process delay or denial might fall under the following conditions:
Whichever is your own case out of the above, the following items must be included when you are creating an inquiry with the USCIS:
A statistic analysis on the USCIS website in June 2018 showed that as at the time of filing the report, 750,793 applications for N-400 applications were still pending and “waiting for decision as of the end of the reporting period” and 23,918 had been denied, terminated, or withdrawn. These backlogs show the level at which many green card holders’ desires of becoming citizens have been met with disappointment. This painful experience is very much avoidable if you take the right steps to prevent it. The best way to prevent experiencing such delay is to get the service of a qualified and experienced immigration attorney to guide you through the process.
VisaNation Law Group’s immigration attorneys are well versed in the immigration services with many years of experience in starting and processing the naturalization process. They have an extensive track record of success with naturalization and can help you obtain your citizenship.
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