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30 April 2014

Starting May 5, USCIS Will Only Accept the Current Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

Are you thinking of applying to become a U.S. citizen? It is important to know that starting on May 5, USCIS will only accept the current edition of Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, dated 9/13/2013.

You can download the current edition of the N-400, for free on our website. You can also order paper copies by mail or phone (1-800-870-3676).

You can find the edition date at the bottom of any Form N-400 page.

You can find the edition date at the bottom of any Form N-400 page.

USCIS will reject and return all naturalization applications that use versions of Form N-400 with an edition date before September 13, 2013.

We issued the current edition of the N-400 on February 4, 2014. As we transitioned to the redesigned form, we allowed applicants to continue using previous versions for a 90-day period. This transition period ends on Sunday, May 4.  

About the revised Form N-400

The revised form has an improved, user-friendly look and feel and clearer instructions. It also has enhanced 2D (two dimensional) barcode technology that improves efficiency and data accuracy, resulting in fewer rejected forms. For more information on the changes to Form N-400, please watch our “USCIS Revises Form N-400, Application for Naturalization” video, available on our YouTube channel.

Please note that the naturalization eligibility requirements have not changed. Individuals who are unable to fill out the revised Form N-400 electronically may still print the form and complete it by hand in black ink. 

Before submitting Form N-400, be sure to sign it and include the correct filing fee and supporting documentation to avoid any delays.

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A partir del 5 de mayo, USCIS solo aceptará la versión más reciente del Formulario N-400, Solicitud de Naturalización

¿Está considerando presentar una solicitud para convertirse en ciudadano de los Estados Unidos? Es importante que sepa que a partir del 5 de mayo, USCIS solo aceptará la versión más reciente del Formulario N-400, Solicitud de Naturalización, que tiene fecha de 9/13/2003.

Puede descargar gratis esta versión más reciente del Formulario N-400 a través de nuestra página web.  También puede ordenar copias impresas llamando al 1-800-870-3676.

Puede encontrar la fecha de edición del formulario al final de cualquier página.

Puede encontrar la fecha de edición del formulario al final de cualquier página.

USCIS rechazará y devolverá todas las solicitudes de Naturalización que utilicen versiones del Formulario N-400 con fechas anteriores al 13 de septiembre de 2013.

Publicamos la versión más reciente del Formulario N-400 el 4 de febrero de 2014.  Durante el período de transición hacia el nuevo formulario rediseñado, USCIS permitió a los solicitantes continuar utilizando versiones previas del Formulario N-400 por un período de 90 días, que culmina el domingo, 4 de mayo.

Acerca de la versión revisada del Formulario N-400

El formulario revisado tiene un aspecto mejorado y es más fácil de usar, con instrucciones más claras y tecnología de códigos de barra 2D que mejoran la eficiencia y la precisión. Ello hará posible que se menos formularios resulten rechazados. 

Tenga en cuenta que los requisitos de elegibilidad para la Naturalización no han cambiado. Para más información acerca de los cambios al Formulario N-400, vea nuestro vídeo informativo (en inglés) “USCIS Revisa el Formulario N-400, Solicitud de Naturalización”, disponible a través del canal de USCIS en YouTube.

Antes de presentar el Formulario N-400, asegúrese de firmarlo e incluir la tarifa de presentación correcta, así como los documentos de apoyo, para evitar cualquier retraso.   

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29 April 2014

President Obama Welcomes 20 Service Members Who Became American Citizens

Editor's note: This blog was originially posted to The White House Blog by Katherine Vargas on April 25, 2014.

President Barack Obama participates in a naturalization ceremony at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul, Republic of Korea, April 25, 2014. Walter Haith, Field Office Director, U.S. Embassy calls the name of each candidate, and Robert Daum, Deputy District Director, USCIS Asia-Pacific Region, administers the oath of allegiance. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama participates in a naturalization ceremony at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul, Republic of Korea, April 25, 2014. Walter Haith, Field Office Director, U.S. Embassy calls the name of each candidate, and Robert Daum, Deputy District Director, USCIS Asia-Pacific Region, administers the oath of allegiance. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This morning, President Obama welcomed 20 new American citizens at a special naturalization ceremony held at the War Memorial in Seoul, South Korea. President Obama celebrated the new citizenship of 13 services members and 7 military spouses at today’s ceremony. The President paid tribute to all those who served and fought for the United States in the Armed Forces, including generations of immigrants. The President also had the opportunity to highlight the important role of military spouses, 7 of whom were granted citizenship, for their commitment and service to the United States.

Those honored came from 14 different countries, each with a unique and poignant personal story but all shared a common love of our country. We celebrate the true meaning of patriotism -- the love of a country that’s so strong that these men and women were willing to risk their lives to defend our country even before they could call it their own. It is through the remarkable sacrifices of these 20 individuals that the power of immigrants in the United States is illustrated. These men and women defend our nation’s freedom day after day or support their spouses who do so.





America is stronger because of its history as a nation of immigrants, coming from all parts of the world. There is more to citizenship than just circumstances of birth, but rather a joyful spirit of citizenship, one that demands participation, responsibility, and service to our country and to one another.

If our nation wants to continue to attract the best and the brightest, the smartest and most selfless, like our men and women in uniform who became American citizens today, then we owe it to our citizens to fix our broken immigration system and pass commonsense immigration reform.

The President will continue to fight tirelessly to urge Congress to act this year on reform that will modernize the legal immigration system, continue to strengthen our border security, hold employers accountable and provide a pathway to earned citizenship for those undocumented immigrants living in the shadows. Commonsense immigration reform also means that our country can live up to our most closely held values by providing the opportunity for others to join our American family.

Katherine Vargas is the Director of Hispanic Media.

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15 April 2014

What’s a Form I-9? E-Verify Who? New Videos Explain It All

Everyone who works in the United States should know about Form I-9 and E-Verify. Administered by USCIS, these two tools allow employers to verify the employment eligibility of new employees.

USCIS recently introduced a few short videos to help you understand how these work.

Video Vignettes on Form I-9

Since 1986, employers have been required to use Form I-9 to comply with federal requirements to verify employment eligibility.

Every time you start a new job, you’re required to complete Section One of this form. Your employer completes Section Two and, in some cases, Section Three.

To help make it easier for everyone, USCIS has video vignettes to explain how to complete each section of the form. Each of the three new videos is four minutes or less. 

Do you have a new job or are you looking for one? The law requires your employer to have you complete Section One of Form I-9 on your first day of work for pay. The Section One video shows how to fill it out.  

Are you an employer? You may want to show your new employees the Section One video to help them complete the section correctly. Use the Section Two and Section Three videos to guide you as you complete the form, and to train others.

The Section Two video shows how to properly record acceptable documents on Form I-9. The Section Three video discusses rehiring a former employee, documenting an employee’s name change and handling reverification.

E-Verify for Business Leaders

More than 500,000 employers use E-Verify at over 1.5 million hiring sites to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their new hires. E-Verify is the free and easy Web-based service for employers to use to take the Form I-9 one step further. The number of employers enrolled in E-Verify has grown by more than 400 percent since 2001. 

Why do employers like E-Verify? The new E-Verify for Business Leaders video gives a high-level explanation in just five minutes. 

Already using E-Verify? Please share the link for the E-Verify for Business Leaders video with your business colleagues.

You can find these videos and more on the multimedia page of the E-Verify website and also on USCIS on YouTube

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