5 Changes to the US Citizenship Application Effective April 1st

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is making several updates to the Form N-400, the application for U.S. citizenship. Here’s a summary of the key changes taking effect on April 1, 2024:

  • More Inclusive Gender Options: The form now includes “gender X” as an option to better reflect diverse gender identities.
  • Updated Data Elements: Certain data points on the form have been revised. Specific details about these revisions are not yet available.
  • Field Removals: USCIS has removed some fields from the new form. Again, the exact fields removed are not specified.
  • Social Security Administration (SSA) Updates: Applicants can now request updates to their Social Security Administration (SSA) records through the new form.
  • Increased Application Fees: The fee for citizenship applications, including biometrics, will increase. Paper filers will pay $760, while online filers will pay $710 (a $50 discount).

Important Note for Online Applicants:

If you’ve already begun filling out the current version of Form N-400 online, you must submit it by March 31, 2024. Drafts not submitted by this deadline will be deleted. The new version will be available on April 1st, and you will need to restart the application process.

For complete details and additional instructions, please refer to official USCIS resources.