N-400 Form Change Highlights Significance of Citizenship Process

February 4, 2014

New Paper Underscores Critical Importance of Citizenship

WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the nation’s 8.8 million green card holders eligible for citizenship, taking the critical step to becoming a citizen is about to require much more information.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced this morning that in 90 days, the N-400 — the citizenship application form all aspiring Americans must fill out — will double in length.

With today’s announcement and in the midst of an ongoing national debate on immigration reform, the National Immigration Forum released a new policy paper today on the merits of citizenship. The paper outlines the socioeconomic benefits for new Americans and their communities, as well as the huge swath of support citizenship has across the political spectrum.

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement about the importance of citizenship and the N-400 form change:

“We’ve had a very active couple of weeks on immigration reform, but today’s USCIS announcement about the N-400 form allows us to re-examine the very important issue of citizen integration.

“As we continue to debate the merits of immigration, let’s not forget about the 8.8 million green card holders eligible for citizenship right now.

“They are a source of untapped economic and social potential. Instead of making their citizenship application process longer, we should be promoting citizenship and all the socioeconomic benefits associated with it.”