USCIS Form and Policy Updates for Applying for Naturalization Based on Military Service

USCIS issued the new Form N-426, Request for Certification of Military or Naval Service, and policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual stating that only applicants for naturalization under Section 328 or Section 329 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) who are currently serving in the U.S. armed forces are required to file Form N-426 with their Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.

The revisions reduce burdens on current and former service members who are applying for naturalization and eliminates duplicative requests for information.

The changes go into effect as of March 22, 2023 and applies to all currently pending applications and applications filed on or after March 22, 2023.

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