New Citizenship Application: 10 Reasons You Need a Lawyer

Breaking Story:

Immigration just announced that they were rolling out this new N-400.

The N-400, for those of you who do not know, is the application for Naturalization.

This process forms the core of how green card holders become United States Citizens.

After you file your New Citizenship Application, you study 100 questions, make sure that you can read, write and speak enough English to pass the test, and hope to become naturalized.

Of course, there is far more to the procedure.

Immigration wants to know about your travel history right down to exact number of days, any encounters with law enforcement, and a host of other information.

Right now the N-400 is daunting enough at ten pages.

I did a look back in time to when I started practicing Immigration Law.

And here is what I found:  an article which noted that “Form N-400, the application for naturalization, is four pages long and intimidating.”

Guess what?

If people in the 1990s were intimidated by a four page application, just wait until they start trying to tackle the new citizenship application!

This thing is 21 pages long!!!

Perhaps time to start thinking even more about seeking the counsel of a top immigration attorney before messing up and trying to file the New Citizenship Application on your own . . .


  1.  The best immigration lawyers understand the reasons for the many questions of the N-400.
  2.  There are a lot of traps on the new citizenship application.
  3.  It is easy to get caught.
  4. Many innocent mistakes could result in failure.
  5. Worse still, a denial of the new citizenship application can possibly result in your green card being placed in jeopardy.
  6. We see many people already who file an N-400, thinking that they will naturalize.
  7. Instead, those green card holders who have had run-ins with the law, or Immigration, or some other problems going back in time, might face an Immigration Judge in a deportation hearing.
  8. This is not a scare tactic.
  9. It’s reality. 
  10. A great immigration attorney can navigate you through the New Citizenship Application and onto becoming naturalized.

Written by: Harlan York

Immigration Attorney Harlan York is Former Chair, Immigration Section, NJ State Bar Association and Former Co-Chair, NY State Bar Association CFLS Immigration Committee. Mr. York appeared on National Television on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose and Primer Impacto on Univision, as well as Telemundo, NBC, and PBS. He was honored as First Ever Immigration Lawyer of The Year in NJ by Best Lawyers.

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