The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced yet another initiative to bring immigration filings into the twenty-first century. Now, applicants can request a replacement naturalization certificate (Form N-565) and a naturalization hearing (Form N-336) online. The change follows several other programs for online filing of some of the most requested immigration documents. Says USCIS director L. Francis Cissna, “USCIS is making the process of applying for immigration benefits more efficient, secure and convenient.”
The Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document, or Form N-565, allows applicants to replace a naturalization certificate, certificate of citizenship, a repatriation certification, or “to apply for a special certificate of naturalization as a U.S. citizen to be recognized by a foreign country.” In contrast, Form N-336 helps those without U.S. citizenship or naturalization documents, who have been denied naturalization benefits, the opportunity to request a hearing before an immigration officer if USCIS denies their application for naturalization.
To file the above documents online, in addition to Form N-400 or Form I-90, applicants must create an online profile through the USCIS online filing system. Applicants can access the online system through their smartphone, tablet, or computer. In addition to the option to file online, the website provides a series features that streamline the filing process. Through the online filing portal, applicants can:
- Check case status;
- Receive notifications and case updates;
- Access tailored case completion date estimates;
- Respond to RFE;
- Edit contact information;
- Change address;
- Pay filing and biometrics fees.
Form N-565 applicants, however, must mail the original certificates and photos to the Nebraska Service Center after filing online. Applicants for a naturalization hearing (Form N-336) are only required to file online and wait to be schedule for their hearing. If you require any assistance with online filing, please feel free to schedule a consultation. With the new USCIS online filing system, attorneys may file forms online on your behalf.