Tuesday, February 20, 2018

US revises application form for Caribbean immigrants

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) says it has released a revised form for Caribbe­an and other immigrants to apply for US citizenship.

USCIS said through the Federal Register it received numerous comments from the public that helped inform the revision of Form N-400, Application for Naturalisation.

“The revisions to Form N-400 provide USCIS with additional tools to make important eligibility determinations, present customers with clearer instructions, and incorporate technology that improves efficiency and accuracy for both USCIS and our customers.

“Although the form is now revised, the eligibi­lity requirements for naturalisation have not changed,” it added.

USCIS said the revised Form N-400 now includes additional questions to conform with the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) of 2004 and Child Soldier Prevention Act of 2007.

“The additional information is important for USCIS to make a complete and informed determination of an applicant’s eligibility for US citizenship,” it said.

“The questions relate not only to concerns surrounding good moral character, but also to issues relating to the security of the United States,” it added.

USCIS said clearer and more comprehensive instructions now highlight general eligibility requirements and help customers understand the naturalisation application process by providing specific instructions on how to complete each part of the application.

USCIS said custo­mers may continue to use previous versions of the form for a 90-day transition period and that from Monday, May 5, 2014, it will no longer accept older versions of Form N-400.