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What is a Form N-400?

Form N-400, also known as an Application for Naturalization, is the application used to apply for citizenship of the United States. It is filed with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It takes about 5 months to get a Form N-400 approved, and you can expect to pay a filing fee of $760.

Key Takeaways

  • Form N-400 or an Application for Naturalization is the application used to apply for citizenship of the United States.
  • It takes about 5 months for a Form N-400 to be approved.
  • There are certain eligibility requirements in order to apply for naturalization, and it is critical to work with an experienced immigration attorney to make sure you fulfill these requirements before filing.

Form N-400 Eligibility 

You must meet certain requirements set by U.S. federal law in order to apply for naturalization with Form N-400. It is critical to carefully review these requirements with your immigration attorney to make sure Form N-400 is right for your personal circumstances. 

As a general rule, you must be at least 18 years old to apply. Further, the main eligibility categories are as follows:

  • You have been a permanent resident of the U.S. for the past 5 years
  • You are currently married and living with a U.S. citizen and have been married and living with that same citizen for the past 3 years
  • You are currently serving in the U.S. armed forces and have served for at least 1 year (or you are filing your application within 6 months of an honorable discharge)

It is essential to keep in mind that while the requirements above are the most common eligibility categories, you may be able to apply for naturalization under additional eligibility categories that are not listed here. 

Filing Form N-400

Form N-400 must be filled out completely and accurately, and the USCIS will not accept incomplete applications. Even if a question seems optional or irrelevant, it's essential to provide a response or indicate "N/A" (not applicable) if the question does not apply to you. It is especially imperative to provide truthful and accurate information on Form N-400. USCIS conducts thorough background checks, and providing false information can result in serious consequences, including denial of your application and potential legal consequences.

If you are filling out your application by hand, make sure to use legible handwriting and blank ink only. You also have the option to file your application online via the USCIS website. If you are working with an immigration attorney, he or she can file the application on your behalf. 

Bottom Line

Ready to file your Form N-400 and begin your journey towards United States citizenship? We are here to help. Schedule a consultation with one of our top immigration attorneys At Attorney At Law for a straightforward and stress-free application experience.

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