Written by attorney C. C. Abbott

Naturalization: The New Certificate of Citizenship (N-560)

USCIS announced on October 25, 2011 that from that on October 30, 2011 forward all Certificates of US Citizenship (N-560) issued by USCIS will have new enhanced security features. The USCIS stated in a news release announcing the new N-560 documents that USCIS had "worked closely with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Forensic Document Laboratory to incorporate technology and tactile features in order to deter fraud and facilitate card authentication."

The process for obtaining replacement N-560 documents and provision of the original at the Oath ceremony has not been changed. The application form and instructions for replacement of the N-560 remain as previous. The change is to the physical document that is received by the alien.

USCIS has provided a sample of the new security enhanced N-560 document with a detailed explanation of the changes on its website. The changes are intended to deter counterfeiting and altering of the card for criminal purposes.

It is advisable that an alien wishing to secure immigration benefits such as application for naturalization contact an experienced immigration attorney who can review the package before submission for any errors or omissions that could result in a delay or denial of the request.

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