Before completing your N-400 application, you should visit www.uscis.gov to get the most recent version of the form and instructions. Getting the forms and instructions is not enough - - make sure you read and understand them.
Answer all the Questions Completely
USCIS can reject the form if you omit answers to all the questions. If you are unable to answer a question or are unsure of how to answer a question, you should consult an experienced immigration attorney.
Send the N-400 to the Right Address
Depending on where you reside, you must send the completed N-400 application to a specific address. You should check the USCIS web site for the most current information.
Filing Fee- Is it correct?
You can send a check or money order to USCIS for the filing fee. But make sure you make it payable to DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. Double check that the date is correct, the written amount is correct and the numerical amount is correct.
If an application is rejected for the incorrect fee, you can lose up to a month in processing time before you receive the application back from USCIS and resend it to them.
Retain an Experienced Immigration Attorney
The N-400 application is a very complex application that can trigger serious consequences for applicants who have prior immigration issues, criminal arrests or other complicating factors in their immigration history. USCIS will review your entire immigration history before approving your application.
When in doubt, you should consult an experienced immigration attorney before applying for naturalization.
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USCIS provides a tremendous amount of resources for naturalization applicants on their web site - www.uscis.gov.
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