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Streamlining Citizenship Applications: USCIS Enhances Form N-400 with Social Security Number Options

Common Misconceptions About the U.S. Immigration Process

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the expansion of the Enumeration Beyond Entry (EBE) program to the new edition of the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, starting on April 1.

What You Need to Know


Beginning April 1, noncitizens applying for naturalization, using the new edition of Form N-400 (edition date 04/01/24), will have the option to complete additional questions on the form to request an original or replacement Social Security number (SSN) card and to authorize USCIS to update their immigration status as a U.S. citizen with the Social Security Administration (SSA) office.  

Selecting the SSN card and disclosure option on the Form N-400 will eliminate the need for most new citizens to visit a SSA field office to apply for an SSN or replacement card, or to provide documentation as evidence of their new U.S. citizenship status to the SSA. Note that the SSA may request additional information, if needed.

The option to request an SSN card or authorize the disclosure of information to the SSA when completing the Form N-400 will only be included on the 04/01/24 edition of the form. This option will not be available on previous editions of the Form N-400. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the Form N-400 and form instructions.

Applicants who do not request an SSN card or authorize the disclosure of information to the SSA when completing the Form N-400 will still be required to visit a Social Security office to request an SSN card and update their status as a U.S. citizen.

The EBE update to the Form N-400 is part of USCIS’ partnership with other federal agencies, under the Executive Order on Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans (E.O. 14012), to empower immigrants to pursue citizenship and the rights and benefits available to them as new citizens.

USCIS previously announced plans to expand the EBE program to include applicants who apply for U.S. citizenship, in the Interagency Strategy for Promoting Naturalization: First Anniversary Accomplishment Highlights.   

For More Information
For more information, visit our Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, page on or after April 1.

Martha L. Arias, Esq. - Immigration Law Attorney

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