N-400: Completed Application Check-Out List Page 2


• Receipt Notice: Within two weeks of mailing your application, you should receive a receipt notice from USCIS
verifying receipt of your application and payment of fees or approval of your fee waiver. Keep this receipt as
proof USCIS received your application. If you do not receive a notice, call USCIS customer service at:
800-375-5283. When you receive your receipt notice, write your receipt number here:
• Biometrics Appointment: Shortly after, you will receive a “biometrics” appointment notice to have your
fingerprints taken. You MUST go to this appointment with a photo ID and your appointment notice. If you fail to
go to this appointment, your Naturalization application will be denied. (Applicants 75 years or older may not be
fingerprinted and may not receive this notice.) Write your appointment date here:
/ __________
• Naturalization Interview: About two to three months after your fingerprints are taken you will be scheduled for
your naturalization interview. Be sure to bring all the documents USCIS requests with your naturalization
interview appointment notice (originals and copies). At the interview, a USCIS officer will review your N-400
application with you to make sure you meet the qualifications for citizenship and will test you on civics and on
your ability to understand and speak English (unless you meet certain exemptions). Study materials for the
English and civics test can be found at Also, check the Naturalization Guide by CUNY
Citizenship Now!. Write your interview date here:
• After the Interview: At the end of the interview, the USCIS officer will tell you whether you passed. If you
passed, you will be scheduled for the final step, the swearing-in (or oath) ceremony, about one to two months
later. If you did not pass, the officer will give you a paper explaining why; you may have to send in more
documentation or take the test again. Applicants who fail the English or civics test the first time will be
scheduled to re-take the test within 90 days without having to pay another application fee. If you fail the test a
second time, your application will be denied.
• Swearing-In Ceremony: At the swearing-in ceremony, you will take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.
You become a U.S. citizen when you complete the swearing-in ceremony.
Write your swearing-in date here:
• If your mailing address changes while your application is pending you MUST notify USCIS immediately
of your address change. Failure to do so will most likely result in the denial of your application. You can change
your address with USCIS online at , or by completing and mailing Form AR-11 Change of
• If you receive a “Request for Evidence” (RFE) from USCIS you should submit whatever additional
documentation is required within the time period provided. You should bring as much documentary evidence to
your appointment as possible.
• If your application is denied, you have 30 days to request a hearing by filing Form N-336 along with a $650
filing fee or a request for a fee waiver. There is no fee for military naturalization applications under INA 328 &
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