US Citizenship
Form N-565

Replacement of Naturalization Certificate or Citizenship Certificate Form N-565

Form N-565 can help applicants who need to replace a citizenship certificate or naturalization certificate. Applicants can file Form N-565 online or via mail. When filing Form N-565, it is important to use the most recent version of the form and to send the completed form to the correct USCIS office – generally the local office with jurisdiction over a specific geographic area.

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A certificate of naturalization was a document issued by some courts or by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) before October 1991. It is proof that someone is a US citizen because they have successfully completed the naturalization process. A certificate of Citizenship is issued by the USCIS and proves that someone is a citizen by birth because they were born to US citizens outside the country. In some cases, certificates of citizenship are also granted to some individuals who have parents who became US citizens before an applicant was 18 years of age.

Both the certificate of naturalization or the certificate of citizenship are important documents that can help you prove your citizenship. They may be needed if you apply for a passport, decide to sponsor a relative to immigrate to the US, or may be needed for other purposes as well. If your certificate of naturalization or certificate of citizenship are stolen, lost, or damaged, it is important to file Form N-565 at once in order to replace the documentation.

When Should I File Form N-565 (Replacement of Naturalization/Citizenship Certificate)?

If your certificate of naturalization or certificate of citizenship has been lost, damaged, or stolen, you may apply for a new certificate of naturalization or certificate of citizenship by filing Form N565. You may also need to file Form N-565 if you have your certificate of naturalization or certificate of citizenship but the information on it has become inaccurate. For example, if you get married or change your name, you may need to file Form N565 to be issued a new certificate of naturalization or certificate of citizenship.

When you file Form N 565, you will need to submit two colored photos of yourself. These photos must have been taken within the last 30 days and must not be touched (that is, they must not have any smudges or fingerprints on them). Generally, these photos are passport-sized and must have a white background. Before sending these photos to the USCIS with your Form 565, you must write your name and your Alien Registration Number (if you have one) very lightly in pencil on the back of each photo. In addition, you must complete Form N-565 correctly, sign it, and submit it with the correct fees. If your original certificate of naturalization or certificate of citizenship was destroyed or damaged, you need to include the damaged certificate with your application. Mistakes in the application process can delay the application or can even cause the USCIS to reject your Form N-565 petition.

If you are filing Form N565 outside of the US, you may need to return to the United States to get your new certificate of naturalization or certificate of citizenship

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