Form N-565 Processing Time
What Happens After Filing Form N-565, Application to Replace Citizenship Document
Losing your Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship can leave you with an unsettling feeling. You’re probably anxious to know what happens after filing Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document, and how long it takes to get a new certificate.
Although the steps that take place are fairly consistent, the Form N-565 processing time will vary based on the USCIS case load and your ability to properly file an accurately prepared application package. The following outline describes the basic steps of the N-565 time line for most people.
Receipt of ApplicationAPPROXIMATELY 2 TO 3 WEEKS AFTER FILING
Nearly 9% of Form N-565 applications are rejected, and thousands more are denied. A poorly prepared application can also delay the approval process and even create significant immigration problems. When you prepare your N-565 on CitizenPath, we provide simple, step-by-step instructions and alerts to help you avoid costly delays. We even guarantee USCIS will approve your application. No credit card is required to try it.
Receive Your New CertificateAPPROXIMATELY 5 TO 8 MONTHS AFTER FILING
USCIS will process your application to replace your citizenship document. Be sure you use a current and safe mailing address on the application. Once USCIS approves your Form N-565, they will mail your certificate to you. If your application is denied, USCIS will mail you a notice explaining the reasons for the denial.
You may need a certificate to prove U.S. citizen for the purposes of applying for a U.S. passport. Generally, you don't need to carry around your certificate. So keep it in a safe place.