U.S. application process
The ability to enter into the process of naturalization in the United States can be provided for by submitting a citizenship application to the relevant and empowered authorities within the U.S. government. Most commonly, the relevant and legally effective citizenship application to be provided to the government consists of Form N-400, as is officially referred to as the Application for Naturalization.
Submitting Form N-400 Citizenship Application
The N-400 Citizenship Application cannot be filed online, through the process referred to as E-filing, but instead must be provided for through a paper copy being mailed to one of the facilities maintained by the USCIS for this express purpose. The proximity of the applicant submitting a N-400 citizenship application to one of these USCIS-maintained facilities can determine the specific facility to be used, as can the current, legally recognized address of that individual in particular. The 4 main primary “Lockboxes” which will receive citizenship applications of this kind can be identified as being in:
Phoenix, AZ 85036
(P.O. Box 21251)
Phoenix, AZ 83034
(1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S
Lewisville, TX 75067
(2501 S State Hwy 121 Business
Dallas, TX 75266
(P.O. Box 660060)
People can refer to the USCIS for information on how to determine which “Lockbox” facility should receive their N-400 Citizenship Application.
Notification of receipt and processing
People can notify the USCIS of their desire to receive notification by e-mail or text message and accordingly more quickly than through other means by attaching an additional item of documentation to the citizenship application. The necessary piece of paperwork consists of Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, which must be filled out and attached to the front of the N-400 Citizenship Application. As such, Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance can be downloaded from the webpage maintained by the USCIS. This step is acceptable for a procedure of submitting a citizenship application involving any of the USCIS-maintained “Lockbox” facilities.
Description of citizenship application
The N-400 Citizenship Application consists of 10 pages of documentation which must be filled out by the applicant to the USCIS, with an additional, appended 7 pages of documentation which provides instructions as to completion of required sections and submission of the paperwork to the USCIS.
The base fee for submitting the N-400 Citizenship Application to the USCIS and accordingly initiating the naturalization process is $595. Moreover, an additional “biometric” fee of $85 may also have to be paid by the applicant submitting the N-400 Citizenship Application to the USCIS, in order for this documentation to be fully documented by the agency.
Citizenship application for U.S. military service-members
The Form N-400 Citizenship Application will not be required for people who are applying for citizenship within the U.S. on the basis of certain kinds of service rendered through membership in the U.S. armed services. Accordingly, the alternative form of documentation to be used by U.S. military service members who are not yet citizens of the country can thus enact this process by providing a M-599 form to the USCIS.