Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Early this morning, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a change to the N-400 form — the citizenship application form that all aspiring Americans must fill out — that stands to make the citizenship application process more burdensome for millions of green card holders eligible for citizenship.
When the change goes into effect May 5, green card holders will face a citizenship application form that is twice as long, due to 10 additional pages of questions. (Click here to see the old form).
The New Americans Campaign, a nationwide collaborative working on innovative ways to help green card holders become citizens, plans to counteract the form change with dozens of citizenship workshops nationwide in the coming months:
“Green card holders have a 90 day window where they can use the old form — and the New Americans Campaign will hold dozens of free citizenship assistance events nationwide to make sure as many people as possible apply for citizenship before the change,” said Eric Cohen, Executive Director of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, which leads the campaign. “For those green card holders waiting to take the critical step of becoming citizens, there’s no better time than now.”