USCIS Announces Changes in Naturalization Application Processing

There are two changes to the requirements for filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, while in the United States.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that applicants will no longer be required to submit two photos, as was previously required.

Now, photographs will be taken of applicants when they go for their biometrics appointment at the Application Support Center (ASC).

The second change is that now everyone, regardless of age, will have to make a biometric appointment at the ASC to submit fingerprints, photographs and signature.

Previously, USCIS did not require people over 75 to submit fingerprints, so they did not have to go to an appointment at an ASC.

USCIS made the change to confirm the identity and verify the background of individuals applying for U.S. citizenship by naturalization.

According to USCIS, persons 75 years of age or older will not have to pay the biometric processing fee.

For disabled or hospitalized persons or elderly persons with mobility impairments, USCIS can facilitate in-home processing. For this type of service, a special request must be made by calling the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 (TDD: 1-800-767-1833).