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The United States allows individuals who were born in different countries to earn citizenship by serving in the military. Service members and veterans must meet certain requirements to be eligible for U.S. citizenship through military service. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) allows naturalization by application with Form N-400.
As well as submitting Form N-400, those seeking naturalization through service must also fill out Form N-426.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form N-426 is an immigration application used to certify honorable military service. Relative to other USCIS documents, this one is relatively short and simple.
To certify this form, the law requires approval from an executive the member serves with or served under. This can be a commanding officer or higher up in the chain of command in your military branch. The executive must confirm that the individual’s service was honorable and that the conditions under which they separated from service were honorable.
The goal of Form N-426 is to allow former members of the U.S. military to apply for naturalization with certain exemptions from the general requirements. Section 328 and 329 of the INA require service members or veterans to show good moral character, knowledge of U.S. history, an understanding of the English language, and an attachment to the U.S. Constitution. To attain naturalization under these sections, an applicant must get a certification of their honorable service.
If you are looking to fill out Form N-426, you can find it on the USCIS website. You can also call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 and they will mail you a form.
Applicant requestors must fill out Parts 1-4 of the application.
Parts 5-8 of the form must be completed by the certifying official and cover the information listed below.
Before returning the form, you must ensure that each request is completed and signed. USCIS will not accept sampled or typed names in the place of signatures. Legal guardians are permitted to sign for those who are physically or mentally incapable of doing so.
Here are some general tips for completing the N-426 form:
To successfully acquire Form N-426 citizenship certification, you must submit the following documents with your N-400, Application for Naturalization:
Once your N-426 form request is accepted, USCIS will review it to ensure that it is fully completed. If you and your certifying official have not fully filled out your N-426 form portions, USCIS might deny your N-400 application.
USCIS also reserves the right to ask for more supporting evidence and original documents. If your certification is not sufficiently proven, they can request additional proof. If they ask for your original copies, they will return them once their purpose has been fulfilled.
Because the N-426 form is part of the naturalization process, the wait is inherently tied to the N-400 application. National Visa Center processing times will depend on a variety of factors, including the complexity of the petition and the current USCIS case load.
There is no filing fee for Form N-426.
If you are struggling with any part of your N-400 application or thinking about pursuing citizenship through military service, reach out to our experienced team of immigration lawyers. We can help you retrieve the evidence you need and organize it in a way that USCIS will understand. Call (312) 444-1940 or fill out our online contact form for more information.