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27 October 2010

New Certificate of Naturalization Debuts in Baltimore

This past Monday, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas attended a naturalization ceremony at our Baltimore Field Office to announce the launch of a redesigned Certificate of Naturalization. Following the administration of the Oath of Allegiance to the new citizens, Director Mayorkas presented Erick Lopez, a native of Cuba, the first new certificate.

Erick Lopez, right, receives the first new Certificate of Naturalization from Director Mayorkas in Baltimore

Erick Lopez, right, receives the first new Certificate of Naturalization from Director Mayorkas in Baltimore

The enhanced certificates include new security features, such as:
  • Embedded digitized photo and signature
  • Background featuring color-shifting ink
  • Certificates printed utilizing tamper-resistant technology
  • A standardized size of 8 ½ by 11 inches
Director Mayorkas also announced that USCIS will fully transition to an automated production process for the new certificates by the end of the calendar year. Automation will increase consistency and reduce the time it takes to prepare certificates, and we expect over 600,000 new citizens will receive the enhanced certificate over the next year. 

USCIS offices in Atlanta, Denver and Baltimore will be the first to implement the transition to an automated process this week – and all other offices will transition to the automated process during the next 60 days. For those who are already naturalized, no need to worry - older certificates remain valid and do not need to be replaced or updated.

For more on the new certificate, please visit our website.



At October 28, 2010 at 12:17:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will USCIS keep the promise made on 03 May 2010 shown below? Since we are fee-paying customs, I guess we have the right to ask USCIS to post a response here regarding that promise.

"03 May 2010
Suggestions from Beacon Readers

1) Combine EAD and AP into one document and issue for 3 years.

USCIS is in the process of developing a combination work authorization (EAD) and Advance Parole (AP) card. An announcement regarding this combination card will be made later this year.


At October 28, 2010 at 12:22:00 PM EDT , Anonymous J.Lening said...


Can I use a copy of my Naturalization Certificate as proof of my citizenship for I-130 petition?

The reason I ask this question because I don’t have my passport made yet, and on the certificate itself it says that it is “unlawful to copy the certificate without proper authority “.

Has anyone submitted Copy of the Certificate for I 130 and had any issue.
Please help.


At October 31, 2010 at 4:21:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When USCIS is going to keep its promise of Combined EAD and AP into one document for 3 years. While increasing fees, it is moral duty to provide services too....thanks in advance for understanding.

At November 1, 2010 at 3:41:00 PM EDT , Blogger USCIS Blog Team said...

@ J. Lening

It is both acceptable and legal to submit a photocopy of the front of your naturalization certificate with your I-130 petition as proof of your US citizenship.

At November 1, 2010 at 4:24:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is better to have standardize new naturalization certificate but what are the difference between the new and the old one certificates? I think it is another way to spend USCIS.

At November 2, 2010 at 12:01:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can the new employee use this form when completing the Form I-9? It currently is not listed as an acceptable form nor have I seen any communications about adding this form to the list - correct?

At November 5, 2010 at 10:09:00 AM EDT , Blogger USCIS Blog Team said...

@ Anonymous from November 2 at 12:01PM - you asked:

"Can the new employee use this form when completing the Form I-9? It currently is not listed as an acceptable form nor have I seen any communications about adding this form to the list - correct?"

The answer is no. You can not use a naturalization certificate as proof of employment. This goes for the new certificates as well.

At November 7, 2010 at 10:02:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi USCIS Blog Team, is there any chance for administrative fix to clear the EB-3 backlog of Permanent resident applications using method like Visa recapture?

At November 22, 2010 at 1:41:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

USCIS Blog Team & Director Office-

The new process changes are really helping the immigrant community. Are there any changes coming up for the below areas:-

1. Pre-adjucation Filing for Pending I-140 Approved applicants? Will you allow them to file for EAD and AP21 in the process of waiting for visa numbers to be allocated?

2. Any efforts to scrutinize the porting of Eb3 applicants to Eb2 Applicants?

3. Any efforts to find the employers who are filling for Eb2 applications for dummy projects? We have seen a bigger trend for people to port from Eb3 to EB2 based on dummy/fake documents causing the Eb2 numbers spiked really high. The Eb2 Category is for REALLY EXCEPTIONAL ability people but now EB3 Folks are joining with False data (Premium) Processing getting into the Line. Please Scrutinize the I-140 premium processing for EB2 Atleast.

4. Any efforts to reduce the backlog of EB2 ( highly skilled) applicants waiting?

5. Any efforts to reduce the backlog for processing of H1b ( Anywhere from 4-5 months) currently.

6. Any efforts to electronically accept the Applications data like most of the consulate office ( USA consulate in India) is doing to reduce the effort of Mailroom routing and data entry level errors/efforts.

At December 9, 2010 at 1:38:00 PM EST , Anonymous Mercedes said...

I do not understand how the USCIS can request a copy of the naturalization certificate when it is unlawful to make copies of it without proper authority. Are they supposed to be the “proper authority” to make such request?

At December 26, 2010 at 8:58:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We received an RFE for an I-130 we submitted in March 2009. Within the RFE we were asked to submit the very same information we provided when we submitted the I-130 in March 2009. Why would the USCIS waste time asking for information they already have? I read the RFE 10 times to make sure I was reading the instructions correctly, and it is very apparent that the same information was being requested that was originally submitted.

Why must this process take so long for people who are already married? If a tax paying American citizen has no previous criminal record, and their spouse (the person they are petitioning) has no previous criminal record, why must this process take so long? The evidence being requested appears to be a formality that anyone who intent on providing false information would not have a problem coming up with the information. We need to fix this process so that, every American citizen who is going through the immigration process the legal way, and paying all the fees that are requested, is not burden with unnecessary time delays, and unnecessary request for information that was originally submitted.

I will be having a meeting with both my US Senators (California), and I am going to bring this to their attention. I will show them the RFE I received from your office, and provide evidence of the matter I am mentioning in the above paragraphs.

There is certainly something wrong with this system and as tax payers we want to make sure we are getting what we are paying for.

Thank You

At January 2, 2011 at 10:49:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, my wife and I would like to have our Brazilian brother-in-law visit for three weeks. He's not employed right now but we are both working professionals and can pay for all his expenses during his visit.

What do we have to do to get him a visitors's Visa?


Glen H.

At March 18, 2011 at 4:49:00 AM EDT , Anonymous josephbuddy said...

Is there any chance for administrative fix to clear the EB-3 backlog of Permanent resident applications using method like Visa recapture?

At November 29, 2011 at 11:13:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a huge retrogression for family based immigrant petitions. Why is it that the people who take all he legal step to immigration are the ones that have to wait a minimum of 6 years to be reunited with their loved ones? Does nobody care? According to the National Visa bulletin the date of the petitions for unmarried sons/daughters of U.S citizens over 21 being processed is September 2004, that is a 7 year backlog meanwhile these beneficiaries are not allowed to visit their family members in the US because they're seen as a risk of not returning to their countries. I have a friend in this situation and he has been waiting patiently for 5 years to get an immigrant visa...his mother was just diagnosed with an aggresive type of cancer and he is not allowed to even visit her. This is horrible and some sort of revision needs to be made to these immigration laws.I hope this reaches someone's ears if even just to get you guys thinking...Thanks


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