The process of applying for a US citizenship after having been a permanent resident of the United States for a while might be a bit confusing, and its seemingly complex requirements could be the reason why some of us haven’t gone through the process of filing the N-400 Application for Naturalization just yet.
However, completing this form can be easier than we think, which is why we have gathered some useful tips to keep in mind when we go over the form and start our citizenship application process.
Just keep in mind that it is important to read the instructions and the questions of the form carefully before answering, to make sure you have the proper payment amount included in the form, and of course, remember to answer each item with honesty, for lying on an official document can have severe consequences that might go beyond an application being denied.
Read Before You Answer
Just like you would do when filing any other official government form, it is utterly important that you read each question and section of the form thoroughly, and do not proceed if you didn’t fully understand the question you’re about to answer.
Something to consider is that there might be some questions of the form that may not be applicable to your current situation, cases on which it would be better to answer with a N/A instead of leaving the question blank. Reading the instructions carefully will also be of great help when attaching all the proper documents along with the form and missing just one could turn out to be a costly mistake.
Cover the Right Amount
In the same lines of paying close attention to the instruction comes the part of including the proper payment of the correct fee. This happens to be one of the most common mistakes applicants make, and one of the main reasons why applications might be rejected.
Since the USCIS is constantly changing and updating its forms and documents, it is possible to find ourselves including a payment for an outdated fee amount. If this is the reason why your application was rejected, you still have the chance of resubmitting the form with the correct payment, but this would result in an extended delay that some applicants can’t really afford.
Nothing But the Truth
They say that honesty is the best policy, and making sure you answer each and every question with utmost sincerity will always be the best path to follow when filling the N-400 form. Even when we are not willingly trying to deceive the US authorities, a minor false statement or inconsistencies found throughout the application might be reason enough for a citizenship rejection.
The best action to take whenever we are not completely sure on how to answer a given question, and in order to avoid providing false information, is consulting with an immigration lawyer before proceeding. This way we can make sure that we are not only not providing untruthful answers, but that we are completing the form correctly, increasing our chances or having our citizen application approved.