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Filling Out the Application
The Naturalization Application Form (Form N-400) may seem fairly long, but in most cases it is not hard to complete. It will ask for information about:
1. Your current legal name
As it appears on your birth certificate, unless you have legally changed it (such as by marriage or court order).
2. Your name as it appears on your Legal Permanent Resident Card
Copy it exactly, even if it is misspelled.
3. Other names you have used
4. Your U.S. Social Security Number
5. Date of birth
Use numbers and write them with slashes in this order: Month/Day/Year. For example: write April 1, 1990 as 04/01/1990.
6. Date you became a Legal Permanent Resident
In most cases, this is the date on your Legal Permanent Residency card. Use numbers and write them in this order: Month/Day/Year. For example: 04/01/1990.
7. Country of birth and nationality
Write the name of the country where you were born and where you are currently a citizen (your nationality).
8. Current marital status
9. Request for disability waiver (if applicable)
If you have certain physical or developmental disabilities or mental impairments, you may not need take the English and/or civics exams. To qualify, a medical professional must fill out and attach Form N-648 (Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions). Please understand that USCIS may not grant this request.
10. Home Address
Provide the address where you currently live, that is, your permanent address.
11. Mailing Address
Provide your mailing address if it is different from your home address.
12. Telephone Number and Email Address
These will help USCIS contact you if they have information or questions about your application.
Provide every address where you have lived over the past 5 years.
List your occupation titles, and the names and addresses of all employers (or if you are a student, the schools you attended) during the last 5 years.
Your Trips Outside the U.S. Since You Became a Legal Permanent Resident
Provide the dates of all trips of more than 24 hours outside the U.S. since you became a Legal Permanent Resident, including all trips to border cities in Mexico or Canada.
Indicate the number of times you have been married. Provide the following information about your current spouse and any previous spouses:
Current Spouse's Former Marriages
1. Include all of your children, whether they are:
2. Provide the following information about each child:
Your Criminal Record (if any)
1. Date and location of arrest
2. Nature of the offense
3. Outcome of the case
Your Selective Service Registration (only if you are male)
1. Selective Service Number and date registered
2. If you did NOT register for Selective Service and you lived in the United States between the ages 18-26, you have to include a letter explaining why you did not register.
In addition to the form, you have to supply the USCIS with a number of documents. They include:
Three forms of identification
You will need to provide copies of the following:
If your Permanent Residency Card is missing, please let the Immigration Officer know at the time of your interview. If it has expired, you can still apply for citizenship, but you cannot leave the country until you have been sworn in and received your naturalization certificate.
If you fail to include copies of your state I.D. or Social Security Card in the application packet, you can still present them at the interview.
Evidence of Trips outside the United States since Becoming a Legal Permanent Resident
1. Any passports and visas that may verify your trips.
2. Any airline tickets that may provide dates of departure and return.
1. Current Spouse
1. If you have been arrested, cited, or detained and you had to pay a fine of more than $500, you must provide:
2. If a traffic incident was related to alcohol or drugs, you need to submit documentation for traffic fines.
1. If you registered but have lost your information, you can obtain it by calling (847) 688-6888 or visiting www.sss.gov.
1. Include a money order or check for $680.00, payable to:
Department of Homeland Security
2. Include your Alien Registration Number (A#) on the money order or check.
3. If you are 75 or older, you only pay the $595.00 application fee. (You do not have to have your fingerprints taken or pay the $80 fingerprinting fee.) Be sure to include a letter stating that you qualify for the lower fee because of your age.
If you are providing any document in a foreign language such as Spanish, you must include a certified full English language translation. The translator must certify that the translation is complete and accurate, and that he or she is competent to translate from the foreign language into English.