LOS ANGELES (Feb. 5, 2014) — The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) released the new N-400, the application for naturalization form.
The new form is 21 pages long, over double the length of the current form, and requires additional information and questions to be completed by aspiring U.S. citizens. The agency also announced a 90-day window beginning on the date of the new form’s release to continue using the current form.
On May 2, 2014, only the new form can be used and applicants will no longer be able to use the current shortened form.
“We have been anticipating a new form from USCIS for quite some time now,” said Nasim Khansari, citizenship network manager at Advancing Justice – LA. “But we also hoped that they would take our comments regarding the complexity, vagueness, and length of the form into consideration.”
The draft version of the new form was released in December 2012 in order to solicit comments and suggestions from organizations like Advancing Justice – LA. Unfortunately, it appears that little to none of those comments were adopted and the finalized form remains mostly unchanged from the original draft.
The new N-400 form will now require applicants to provide additional personal information about their parents, spouses, and children, and will also include approximately 30 additional questions regarding an applicants’ eligibility for naturalization. The additional questions are required based on laws passed by Congress in 2004 during the Bush administration.
“Although the form is now more complex, we look forward to and are prepared to assist the immigrant community well beyond the 90-day period,” said Khansari.
Advancing Justice – LA has been providing naturalization services for over 25 years and has attorneys and accredited nonattorney staff who are prepared to assist applicants with the new form. But, during this 90-day period before May 2, 2014, lawful permanent residents are encouraged to come forward now while the shortened form is still available.
Advancing Justice – LA offers weekly clinics every Friday with assistance in multiple languages. For more information on the clinics and the new N-400, contact its hotline at: 888-349-9695 (English), 800-520-2356 (Chinese), 800-867-3126 (Khmer), 800-867-3640 (Korean), 213-241-8886 (Spanish), 800-914-9583 (Thai), and 800-267-7395 (Vietnamese).