To apply the Form N-565 to replace your naturalization or citizenship certificate, you will need to follow several steps. Here are they.
Step 1 – Gather supporting documentation
When you request from USCIS a new certificate that proves your citizenship, you will have to provide the documents that support your request. Because you may want a new certificate for different reasons, your supporting documentation may include one of the following documents:
- A photocopy of the original certificate, if applicable.
If you lost your certificate, you may still have a photocopy of it. USCIS will want that copy.
- The original Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship.
If your certificate was impaired, or if there was a mistake made by USCIS, you will have to provide the original certificate.
- A marriage or divorce decree, or a marriage annulment decree.
These documents are usually necessary to prove that your name was changed.
- A court order or a birth certificate.
If your birth date was corrected, or if your original certificate has the wrong date, you will need a court order or birth certificate that proves you changed your birth date through legal action.
- A court order or a medical certificate.
If you changed your gender after you received the certificate, USCIS will require a medical certificate or court order to verify if you gender was truly changed.
Once you have the minimal set of documents, you can move to the step 2 – filling out the form.
Step 2 – Complete the application form
You must complete the Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document. USCIS will not accept the form if you omit any data. Therefore, make sure that the entire form is filled out. For simplicity, you can consult with the instructions for the Form N-565, which are located on the USCIS website.
There are two ways for you to complete the form. First, you may download the form from the USCIS website, fill out the form manually, and mail it to USCIS mailbox. The form must be properly signed: you must provide a handwritten signature on the form. Otherwise, USCIS will reject the application.
Second, you can complete the Form N-565 online directly on the USCIS website. You will need to create your profile with USCIS, fill out the online form, and leave an electronic signature on the form.
After you completed the form, you can follow to the next step.
Step 3 – Pay the filing fee
USCIS requires that all Form N-565 applicants pay the filing fee, which is exactly $555. You can visit a dedicated page to know more about the filing fee. You should also know that USCIS accepts payments by check, money order, or even by credit card. If you opt for credit card payment, you will have to file the Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, with USCIS.
Lastly, it is necessary to pay in U.S. currency – dollar – and from any U.S. bank. And remember to mention the entire name of the governmental office you pay for – U.S. Department of Homeland Security. If you mention the office only as abbreviation – DHS or US DHS – your payment will not be accepted.
Step 4 – Complete your application
After you filled out the application form, paid the filing fee, and gathered supporting documentation, you will need to fasten all of the documents and mail your package to USCIS lockbox. But, as we have already mentioned, you can avoid mailing a package with your documents if you file the Form N-565 with other documents online.
Once all the steps are completed, your only task will be to wait for a notification from USCIS regarding your application. USCIS may confirm that your application was accepted, or they can reject the application. You will be notified of the reasons why the application was rejected.
We also recommend that you consult a lawyer to know for sure what documents you may need to prepare, and to guarantee that your application will be accepted on the first try.