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
  • Photograph
  • Signature
  • 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.

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