Navigating the Loss of Your Citizenship Certificate

Apr 9


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Balli Jutt

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When you misplace your citizenship certificate, it's essential to know the steps to obtain a replacement. The process involves filing Form N-565 with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This form is specifically for those who need to replace naturalization or citizenship documents due to loss, damage, or destruction. It's also used for updating documents after a legal name change. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you through the process, complete with the latest information and statistics to ensure you're well-informed.

Understanding Form N-565

When to File Form N-565

Form N-565,Navigating the Loss of Your Citizenship Certificate Articles Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document, is required when:

  • Your citizenship certificate, naturalization certificate, or repatriation certificate is lost, damaged, or destroyed.
  • You've had a legal name change due to marriage or court order after the citizenship document was issued.

Filing Requirements and Process

To apply for a replacement citizenship certificate, you must:

  1. Complete Form N-565.
  2. Pay the applicable fee.
  3. Provide supporting documents, such as evidence of the name change or the damaged documents.
  4. Submit two color photographs taken within 30 days of the application.
  5. If any supporting documents are in a foreign language, include a complete and accurate English translation.

Mailing and Processing

Send the completed application, fee, and supporting documents to the appropriate USCIS address. If the application is incomplete, lacks initial evidence, or is not accompanied by the correct fee, it may be returned or rejected.

After mailing your application, you should receive a Form I-797C, Notice of Action, within 30 days, acknowledging receipt and processing of your Form N-565. You can check the status of your application online.

The USCIS may request additional information, an interview, or original documents during the process. If approved, a new document will be issued. If denied, reasons will be provided in writing.

Current Statistics and Facts

  • The average processing time for Form N-565 is approximately six months, but times can vary based on individual circumstances and USCIS workload.
  • As of the knowledge cutoff in 2023, the filing fee for Form N-565 is $555, but fees are subject to change, so applicants should verify the current cost on the USCIS website.
  • USCIS processed over 700,000 naturalization applications in fiscal year 2020, highlighting the importance of understanding document replacement procedures. (Source: USCIS)

Tips for a Smooth Application Process

  • Double-check the application for accuracy and completeness before submission.
  • Ensure the photographs meet USCIS specifications.
  • Keep a copy of all documents submitted for your records.
  • Use a trackable mailing service to send your application.


Losing your citizenship certificate can be stressful, but with the right information and careful preparation, you can navigate the replacement process effectively. Remember to stay updated on the latest USCIS guidelines and fees to ensure a successful application.