Certificate of Naturalization
A Certificate of Naturalization is an official document indicating that the certificate holder has legally become a U.S. citizen through the process of naturalization. Naturalization is the most common process through which non-U.S. citizens born abroad become U.S. citizens.
The Certificate of Naturalization serves as proof of citizenship in the U.S. and can be used in lieu of a U.S birth certificate when applying for official documents, such as a U.S. passport.
The Certificate of Naturalization includes the individuals:
- USCIS registration number (A-number)
- Full, legal name
- Marital status
- Place of residence
- Country of former nationality
- Gender and identifying characteristics
It will also include a:
- Certificate number
- Statement by the USCIS Director confirming that the individual met all eligibility requirements
- Date of issuance
- DHS seal and the Director’s signature
How to Get a Certificate of Naturalization
Individuals who meet the requirements for naturalization must fill out Form N-400 to apply for a Certificate of Naturalization. However, keep in mind that even minor mistakes on the N-400 form can result in delays or rejection.
After the form is completed, petitioners can submit their application to the USCIS ( U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services). After the application has been approved by a USCIS officer and the applicant has taken the Oath of Allegiance, they officially become a U.S. citizen.
How to Change the Name on a Certificate of Naturalization
If a naturalized U.S. citizen changes their name, in accordance with U.S. naming laws, after receiving their Certificate of Naturalization, then they must apply for a replacement certificate to update their name. To do this, you must submit a completed Form N-565, along with payment for the processing fees and proof of the legal name change.