No Need to Provide Photographs With Your N-400 Citizenship Application Any More (If You Live in the U.S.)

USCIS drops photo requirement from naturalization application; photos will be done at biometrics appointment.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a major update to its instructions for filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

All applicants (with the exception of those living overseas) will no longer need to submit two passport-style photographs along with their application.

Instead, USCIS will take your photos when you go to the Application Support Center (ASC) for your biometrics appointment. (Before, this appointment primarily just dealt with taking fingerprints; the fee of $85 remains the same.)

You can expect to be scheduled for your biometric service appointment at a local ASC within weeks or months after submitting your N-400.

Another change is that USCIS used to waive the fingerprint requirement for applicants who were age 75 or older, which meant they were not required to appear at an ASC. However, USCIS will now require these elder applicants to appear for biometrics. Nevertheless, applicants who 75 years of age or older do not have to pay the biometrics fee.