Applying for U.S. citizenship is both exciting and time-consuming. Your effort to be vigilant may prevent the disappointment that comes when you overlook critical details throughout the application process. 

One portion of the application process requires you to fill out and submit an N-400 form. Once received by the USCIS, you will receive correspondence notifying you of their decision. 

The purpose of an N-400 form 

An N-400 form identifies general information about your past including where you were born, the names of your parents and the citizenship status of close relatives among other things. It is a comprehensive document that requires your full attention to verify its accurate completion. In conjunction with your completed application, you must submit all applicable documentation to support the information you claim on your N-400 form. 

The meaning of USCIS decisions 

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a decision about the outcome of your N-400 form will indicate how you should proceed. You may receive notification that you did not meet the requirements to be eligible for naturalization resulting in a denial of your application. Another decision may indicate that your application is ongoing which means your application is incomplete. You may have failed the English or civics test or have not provided all of the required documentation. Approval of your application means your eligibility for naturalization enables you to continue through the citizenship process. 

When you understand the meaning of the decisions regarding your N-400 form, you may have a better idea of how to proceed through the process of applying for U.S. citizenship. If you would like to learn more about becoming a U.S. citizen, please visit our webpage.