On May 5, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new U.S. citizenship application that is 21 pages long, doubling the length of this application. According to USCIS officials, this new longer N-400 form:
- Contains more questions related to U.S. national security issues
- Includes new bar coding features
- Will help reduce human error in processing applications
- Ideally, will facilitate the application process.
However, some immigrant advocate groups have become very concerned that the longer, more involved citizenship application may simply create another barrier towards citizenship for the immigrant population.
Specifically, advocates have pointed out that the longer N-400 form will likely make it even more difficult for immigrants with less than stellar English skills to properly complete this form, leading to more errors and more chances for their applications to be denied (or significantly delayed).
New N-400 Form Won’t Change Other Aspects of Applying for Citizenship, USCIS Officials Explain
Although USCIS officials have yet to quell these fears regarding the new longer N-400 forms, they have tried to eliminate other anxieties over the longer citizenship applications by explaining that the update in the N-400 forms will not create any changes for:
- Citizenship application filing fees, as these will reportedly remain at a total of about $680 (and waivers may still be available for those who qualify, which these qualifications also not changing)
- The U.S. citizenship test
- The citizenship interview process, as a longer form will not mean longer interviews
- The overall requirements for being eligible for U.S. citizenship.
Because anyone applying for U.S. citizenship must now use this longer new form, they are encouraged to contact an experienced immigration lawyer like those at the Hanlon Law Group for help properly completing this application and obtaining citizenship in the most efficient manner possible.
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