New Version of Form N-400, Application for Naturalization is announced by USCIS.

USCIS revised Form N-400, Application for Naturalization on April 13, 2016. The revised version is accessible at uscis.gov/n-400. August 9, 2016 is the last date to use the 9/13/13 form edition, if any forms submitted after August 10, 2016, it will be discarded and previous versions of Form N-400 submitted will be returned.

Eligibility Requirements

The eligibility requirement for naturalization remains the same. Visit uscis.gov/n-400 to get the information on how to complete the form, and where eligibility requirements can be found.

Revised Form Changes:

  • Removed the bar code
  • Streamlined the application process for the customer
  • Identified evidence.

Instructions to complete the Revised Form N-400:

  • Access the revised form uscis.gov/n-400.
  • Complete it electronically, then print, sign and mail it to the USCIS Lockbox listed in the instructions. Please comprise supporting papers and the correct fee.
  • If you are unable to fill out Form N-400 electronically, you may print it, or request a paper form by calling the Forms Request Line at 800-870-3676. You must complete the paper form in black ink.
  • You may also get forms and information by calling the USCIS National Customer Service Centre at 800-375-5283
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US plans to talk to India about H-1B and L-1 visa fee hikes

The US has planned to hold a discussion with India in April over the recent H-1B and visa fee increase. According to the Indian media statement, it mainly disturbs the Indian owned companies in the US. The US has agreed discussions following India’s complaint against its move to raise visa fees for non-immigrant workers at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Indian Government, Ministry of Commerce is functioning with a set of legal mentors to validate that the visa rules victimize Indian IT organizations working in the US. “We want the US to see our point of view at the consultation stage itself and revoke the visa fee hike, but this is unlikely to happen. We have to be ready to fight a case at the dispute panel. Our legal team is trying to prove violation of WTO rules on both de facto (in effect) and de jure (by law) basis,” the Commerce Ministry official said.

According to Nasscom Assessment:

The change would affect losses estimated at $400 million for Indian IT firms. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said: “The MEA is intense to settle the matter during the WTO consultation process as it does not want yet another problematical situation with the US on trade and economic matters.”

This will be a challenging case for India to argue at the WTO as the legislation is applicable on all companies and doesn’t explicitly target Indian companies. Official said: “Our legal team has to prove that discrimination is taking place by providing data which shows that it is only Indian companies that are getting affected because of the increased visa fees and not the American companies”. The US has suggested April 5-6 as probable dates for consultations. We look at the readiness of our officials around that time and respond accordingly.