Application to Replace Naturalization/Citizenship Document (N-565)

form n-565 if your name changed or if there was an errorForm N-565, also known as Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document, should be used in the event of a lost naturalization certificate or lost citizenship certificate.

To get a replacement citizenship certificate or replacement naturalization certificate, Form N-565 must be completed and submitted to US Citizenship and Immigration Services. For professional legal assistance in completing Form N-565 completely and accurately…

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Need Your First Certificate of Citizenship Rather Than a Replacement?

If you’re looking to get a citizenship certificate but don’t already have one, use Form N-600, Certificate of Citizenship.

Who Needs To Use Form N-565?

Form N-565 is used when there is a lost naturalization certificate or lost citizenship certificate. Specifically, Form N-565 should be used for any of the following scenarios:

  • The applicant received a Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, Declaration of Intention or Repatriation Certificate, but the certificate was lost, stolen, destroyed or damaged
  • The applicant received a Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, Declaration of Intention or Repatriation Certificate that has incorrect information because of a clerical error made by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  • The applicant’s name, date of birth or gender has been legally changed by marriage or through court order and the applicant would like a replacement citizenship certificate or replacement naturalization certificate with their new name, date of birth or gender.
  • The applicant needs a special naturalization certificate in order to be recognized as a US citizen by another country

Evidence Needed For Form N-565 to Replace A Lost Citizenship Certificate or Lost Naturalization Certificate

To complete Form N-565, certain forms of evidence must be included in the application in order to successfully replace a lost citizenship certificate or lost naturalization certificate. The necessary evidence for Form N-565 is detailed below.

Form N-565 applications must include two identical, color photos of the applicant. The photos must be in the following format:

  • Photos must be taken within 30 days of the application being submitted
  • Photos must have a white or off-white background
  • Printed on thin, glossy paper or a digital photo with at least a 3.5-megapixel resolution
  • Unmounted and unretouched
  • 2” x 2” in size
  • Photo must be face-forward
  • Applicant cannot be wearing anything on their head in provided photos, unless for religious purposes
  • Photos must include the applicant’s printed name and Alien Registration Number (or A-Number) written in pencil or felt pen on the back of the images.

The citizenship certificate or naturalization certificate that needs to be replaced must be included in the Form N-565 application if any of the following are reasons for replacing the certificate:

  • The certificate has been torn or damaged
  • The certificate has a clerical error made by USCIS
  • The certificate lists the applicant’s name, date of birth or gender that has since been changed

N-565 applicants who are applying for a special certificate of naturalization to be recognized as a US citizen by other countries must also include a copy of their naturalization certificate in their applications.

Additional evidence may be necessary as part of an N-565 application depending on a person’s specific circumstances. Examples of circumstances that may require additional evidence include if an applicant is replacing a certificate because their gender or marital status has changed, among other possible factors.

Lost Citizenship Certificate or Lost Naturalization Certificate? We Can Help

Whether you’ve lost your citizenship or naturalization certificate, or your current certificate has outdated information, Moon Law Office’s immigration lawyers near Syracuse, NY can help you get a replacement.

It’s very important that all necessary information and evidence is included in Form N-565. Not having complete, accurate information or evidence in the right format can cause delays or rejections, creating even more problems. For over 30 years, our immigration attorneys have helped our clients successfully complete Form N-565.

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