2 New Changes to the U.S. Naturalization Process
USCIS recently announced two important updates to filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, now that it is processed electronically.
All applicants (except those who reside overseas):
1. No longer need to submit two passport-style photographs. USCIS will capture their photographs when they appear at the Application Support Center (ASC) for their biometrics appointment.
2. Applicants for U.S. citizenship will be scheduled for a biometric service appointment at a local ASC for collection of their fingerprints, photographs and signature, regardless of their age. USCIS used to waive the fingerprint requirement for applicants 75 years or older, which meant they were not required to appear at an ASC. However, now that this form is processed electronically, those applicants do need to appear at an ASC. Improved technology means USCIS can capture fingerprints for applicants of all ages. This enhances the agency's ability to confirm their identity and perform required background checks.
Applicants interested in U.S. citizenship are urged to work with an experienced immigration attorney. The naturalization process affords the USCIS to conduct one more review of an individual's immigration history. Any issues or problems in an applicant's past may come back to result in a denial and possibly revocation of the applicant's lawful permanent resident status.
Inland Empire immigration attorney Ted Huang has been practicing immigration law since 1997 and is available to assist residents in Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Ontario, Upland, Claremont and neighboring communities.