The USCIS announced two important updates to the procedures for filing the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. These changes were made now that the Form N-400 is processed electronically, and apply to all applicants who do not reside overseas. The changes are as follows:
- Applicants will no longer have to submit two-passport style photographs. Instead, the USCIS will capture photographs when applicants appear at the Application Support Center for a biometrics appointment.
- Applicants will not be scheduled for a biometric service appointment at a local ASC for collection of fingerprints, photographs, and signature. This will apply to all applicants, regardless of age.
Under the previous rules, USCIS waived the fingerprint requirement for applicants who were 75 years of age or older. However, under the new rules, even applicants who are 75 years of age or older will have to appear at an ASC. Applicants who are 75 years are older will still be exempt from the biometrics fee.
The news release states that the USCIS will update the form instructions, the Policy Manual, and its online Guide to Naturalization with the new rules as soon as possible.
See AILA Doc. No. 16092200 (posted 9/22/16)