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How to Accomplish Form N-656 for Your Citizenship Certificate

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) mandates anyone who wants to replace their citizenship or naturalization certificate to fill out Form N-565 during their petition. An applicant must adhere to USCIS Form N-565 instructions when making their replacement request.

For someone who doesn't know where to start, it is a tedious process that requires knowledge of the attachment documents, where to mail the papers, a filing fee, and ensuring every detail is included in the application. Fortunately, there's an easier and faster means of doing that. DoNotPay is your trusted robot lawyer, assisting in filing Form N-565 for timely approvals.

This article offers valuable insights into USCIS Form N-565 instructions, the specific documents to attach in the filing, where to send the papers, and how you can leverage DoNotPay to simplify the application procedure.

Why Would You Need to Replace Official USCIS Naturalization and Citizenship Certificates?

There are many reasons why an individual would want to replace their USCIS-issued citizenship documents. You might file for a replacement if:

  1. Your certificate is lost, mutilated, or destroyed
  2. Your certificate contains clerical errors or typographical issues
  3. You need the name on your certificate changed due to a court order or marriage
  4. You need a change in the date of birth indicated in your certificate because of a court or a state-issued order
  5. You need to change the gender in your certificate as proven through a court order, an official government document, or a medical certificate.

How to Fill Form N-565

When filling out Form N-565, adhere to the three guidelines below:

  1. Type and print the paper legibly in black ink
  2. Sometimes the space required to complete an item in the application may be limited. In that case, attach a separate sheet bearing your name and Alien Registration at the top of each page. Add your signature and date on each sheet.
  3. Answer all questions entirely and accurately. If a question isn't applicable, indicate "N/A." If the question requires a numeric response, indicate the number or type "none."

General USCIS Form N-565 Instructions

Once you've accessed the form, you need to fill it out according to USCIS instructions for Form N-565. Here are the general instructions for making the application:

  • Each application must bear the applicant's signature. In the case of a minor, the guardian should sign the document.
  • You must pay a non-refundable application fee of $555, which you can pay online or through money order, credit card, personal check, or cashier's check.
  • You must attach all evidence and supporting documentation backing up your petition for a replacement Naturalization or Citizenship Certificate.
  • You also must pay a biometric service fee when required to submit biometrics, usually under the USCIS's discretion. If that applies to you, you'll get an appointment notice and guidelines on how to pay the biometrics service fee.

What Documents Do I Need to Attach to Form N-565?

Based on your reason for replacing your citizenship certificate, you must include all required initial evidence and supporting documents for Form N-565

  1. If you're filing for a replacement due to damaged or mutilated papers, include the damaged or mutilated USCIS document in your filing.
  2. If you want a name change, attach a copy of the original USCIS-issued certificate and a certified court order or marriage certificate.
  3. For replacements due to clerical or typographical errors, include a copy of the incorrect certificate and a court order, amended birth certificate, or marriage certificate.
  4. For date of birth changes, submit the original USCIS copy and include a complete court order document confirming your DoB changed legally.
  5. You also need to attach 2x2 passport-sized photos

Where Do I Send My USCIS Form N-565?

Previously, Form N-565 applicants were required to send their applications to a USCIS field office within their area of residence. However, the USCIS started the Direct Mail program that offers a more efficient mailing process, which means you can now mail the application directly to the USCIS Center at specified service centers.

  • If you file the N-565 Form California, Alaska, Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, Guam, Illinois Hawaii, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Missouri, Ohio, North Dakota, Nevada, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Washington, Utah, South Dakota, or Oregon, you should address the application to the mailing address in Lincoln, Nebraska for Form N565: DHS/USCIS, Nebraska Service Center, PO Box 87565, Lincoln, NE 68501-7565.
  • If you're filing your Form N-565 from Arkansas, Alabama, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia, and Vermont, forward the application to the USCIS Center in Texas: DHS/USCIS, Texas Service Center, PO Box 851182, Mesquite, TX 75185-1182.

How Long Does It Take To Get Your Citizenship Certificate?

Processing times for getting your Citizenship Certificate is as follows:

Original Citizenship Certificate9 to 14 months
Replacement Citizenship Certificate5 to 8 months

File Form N-565 with Ease Using DoNotPay

DoNotPay is an easy-to-use online tool that lets you file Form N-565 effortlessly. By accessing our Naturalization and Citizenship Certificate product, you get easy guidelines on generating Form N-565, credit payment request forms, electronic notification forms, and the required passport photos.

How to Use DoNotPay to Replace Naturalization and Citizenship Certificates

If you need to file a petition for naturalization and citizenship certificate replacement using DoNotPay, here are five simple steps: 

  1. Search "naturalization certificates" (or "USCIS") on DoNotPay. 
  2. Select the document you are applying for, and the reason why you need a replacement. 
  3. Tell us more about the original certificate, including the certificate number, when it was issued, and the details of the person it was issued to. Upload evidence files to support your claims. 
  4. Enter the contact information for any preparers and interpreters that helped with the application. Select whether you want to pay the application fee by check or credit card. 
  5. Indicate whether you would like to receive a digital copy of your forms or have us mail them to you. 

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

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