USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and immigration Services) has recently released a new form of application for naturalization, form N-400. This new application form N-400 consists of 21 pages, longer than earlier version. Though, the revised form includes many extra questions, the eligibility criteria for naturalization remains the same.
This new form N-400 is released on 4th Feb, 2014, added more of security questions and improved its efficiency. These newly added questions determine applicant’s eligibility, and act in accordance with the Child Soldier Prevention Act of 2007 and Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. The new form of N-400 also comes with 2D barcodes at the end of every page. Based on the answers provided by the applicant to the question on the online version of the form N-400 barcodes will be changed, and this information is transferred to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. For the most part, the USCIS encourages the usage of electronic version of form N-400, at the same time it will also continue to accept paper applications.
In addition to making changes to the form N-400, USCIS also released a short video of instructions related to the form that focus on new instructions and main changes to the form N-400. At this moment, the USCIS will accept both versions of N-400 form, but from 5th May, 2014 new version of the form N-400 will only be accepted.
As the new form N-400 is lengthy, it will take extra time for the applicants to complete the form. It is not yet certain, how far the new instructions will help the USCIS to assess the application faster.