As of May 5, 2014, USCIS will accept only the revised version of Form N-400 (Rev. 9/13/13), Application for Naturalization. USCIS will reject and return previous versions of the Form received after this date. Issued on February 4, 2014, the new version does not change the eligibility requirements. According to USCIS, the revisions are designed to allow the Service to more efficiently make eligibility determinations.
The revised Form N-400 includes:
(1) Additional questions surrounding good moral character and issues relating to U.S. security. These questions were formulated for compliance with the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (2004) and Child Soldier Prevention Act (2008).
(2) Clearer and more comprehensive instructions, which now explain how to complete each part of the application.
(3) 2D barcode technology at the bottom of each page, similar to that which has already been added to other USCIS forms. These barcodes allow USCIS to scan data for direct input into USCIS systems, providing for improved data quality, efficiency, and overall integrity of the naturalization program.
USCIS encourages individuals to access the revised form at www.uscis.gov/n-400, complete it out online, then print, sign and mail it to USCIS. Individuals who are unable to fill out the Form online may print it and complete it by hand; or they can call 1-800-870-3676 to order the Form by mail.
For more information about the new version, please view USCIS’s introductory video and read Tips for Filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization (Rev. 9/13/13).