Wondering how to get a duplicate US citizenship certificate?

duplicate US certificate

 

Person’s identification and his/her US citizenship confirmation information are the contents of a certificate of citizenship. On the certificate of citizenship the information of the applicant which includes the Registration ‘A’ number of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), complete name, place of residence, country of birth, marital status, photograph, other descriptors like the date of birth, sex, height etc and the applicant’s signature.

The certificate of citizenship issued after becoming a US citizen also contains the certificate number, the date on which he/she became US citizen, date the certificate was issued, statement by the USCIS Director indicating that with all the US citizenship eligibility requirements under law of the United States had been fulfilled by the applicant. The certificate would also contain as the authority responsible for the issuance of certificate the DHS seal and Director’s signature.

How to file for certificate replacement?

In case an applicant after becoming a US citizen has lost or if the certificate of citizenship is stolen and he/she would like to know how to get a duplicate US citizenship certificate, they can file Form N-565 to get a replacement for the certificate. The filing fee for Form N-565, Replacement of Citizenship document is $345.

Due to marriage or divorce there may be changes to the name and to request to update the new name on the certificate Form N-565 should be filed with USCIS. Also applicant could apply for replacement of certificate with information about new gender in addition if an applicant has gone through a gender change after legal approval. Marital status which is already listed on the certificate may also need a change in such cases of gender change. Under the Defense of Marriage act (DOMA) if accordingly any gender change request affecting the validity of marriage to the USCIS headquarters the case should be referred.

Who issues Certificate of Citizenship?

After a person’s citizenship application is approved and the Oath of Allegiance is administered, if required in the presence of a designated USCIS officer, generally USCIS issues a Certificate of citizenship. As evidence for lawful permanent residence persons are issued a permanent resident card (PRC) or an Alien Registration card (ARC). Only after the US citizenship applicant surrenders it the USCIS will issue a Certificate of citizenship to him/her. The requirement of surrendering the card will be waived off by the USCIS if the US citizenship applicant is able to prove that the card got lost or was destroyed.

After the US citizenship application is approved the USCIS will issue citizenship certificate in cases where the person has been given a waiver by USCIS from taking the Oath of Allegiance. If such a person or applicant if below the 18 years of age the certificate is issued to him/her in person, to the parent by certified mail or legal guardian. To applicant above the age of 18 years of age the certificate of citizenship is issued to the person or a legal guardian.

Eligible for exception in the process of becoming a US citizen?

 

disability exception

 

After applicant files the Form N-400 for US citizenship due to any mental or physical impairment he/she can file for an exception fromcitizenship tests in the process of becoming a US citizen. If the form is found sufficient the process of naturalization would be completed normally and applicant is issued citizen certificate. Sometimes the medical exception Form N-648 filed would be found insufficient by the USCIS officer. If the form has not been completed properly, no proper explanation is given about applicant’s medical condition because of which he/she is not able to meet the civics, English or both requirements the officer decided the request for exception is insufficient. Also if there is discrepancy between names of the naturalization applicant and the name on form filled by the medical professional requesting for exception the officer decided Form N-648 is insufficient for granting exception.

Decision on exception request at different levels

Initial interview level

If the applicant who is not qualified for exception has passed the same English and Civics Tests the officer will check if the applicant meets with the rest of the eligibility requirements and proceed with the naturalization examination. Just for the only reason that the applicant after submitting the disability exception form has passed the same English and civics tests the officer should not determine that the applicant has no good moral character (GMC) or was engaged in any kind of fraud. With regards to the applicant’s relationship with the medical profession who filled the exception form and about the reason for filing it questions will be asked by officer to the applicant though.

If the applicant doesn’t qualify for the disability exception and also fails the citizenship tests, regarding the issues with the exception form for medical disability a request for evidence must be issued by the USCIS officer. A second chance should be given to applicant to meet English and civics requirements within 60 to 90 days of the initial examination by rescheduling a re-examination by the USCIS office.

Re-examination Level

A request for evidence (REF) mentioning the deficiencies of the form must have been issued by the officer if an applicant’s disability exception form was found to be insufficient at the initial examination by an officer. The evidence which is submitted in response to the REF issued at the initial examination must be reviewed by the officer conducting the re-examination. If during the re-examination the applicant is submitting disability exception form for the first time the officer administering reexamination should review it and determine if its sufficient or not. If form is found sufficient the applicant should be exempted from educational requirements and using an interpreter the officer should proceed with the naturalization examination.

The officer should give another opportunity to the applicant to take the English and civics tests if the form is found to be insufficient by the officer. If in response to the REF the evidence submitted is found insufficient the officer should proceed with the reexamination in English and not consider the disability exception form submitted. Second opportunity to take any portion of the English and civics tests that applicant previously failed must be provided by the officer. No third opportunity to neither take the tests nor file exception form.

Based on the applicant’s failure to meet the educational requirements for naturalization and if he/she fails any portion of the test or declines to answer the test question during reexamination the officer must deny the naturalization application. Reasons for finding the medical exception form insufficient must be provided in detail in the denial notice by the officer.

Hearing on denial stage

Including a review on the disability exception forms submitted an officer may conduct during the hearing on the naturalization denial a full hearing from scratch on a denied naturalization application. Additional documents can be submitted for review at the hearing including a new disability exception form by an applicant at the hearing. So again Form N-648 is checked for sufficiency and if found insufficient retest on any portion of the test failed previously by the applicant should be done by officer.

Case of inconsistency and falsification

Questions about whether even the certifying medical profession examined the applicant may arise in some cases. If certifying medical profession did not examine the applicant of the form or if the naturalization applicant is different from the applicant on exception form the officer according to inconsistency and falsification found by the officer the disability exception form should be found insufficient. Such fraud cases should be referred to Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) by the officer after consultation with the supervisor. Such fraud findings should be explained in the denial notice by the officer.