In the cases of some foreign-born persons who are in the United States,
them are no records showing admission for permanent residence, or at
least no records can be found. These persons may have been brought here
during childhood and may never have known just when or how they came; or
they may have come here as visitors or other temporary nonimmigrant
class and decided to stay; or they may have entered unlawfully.
Since no records of lawful admission for permanent residence can be
identified, they cannot become citizens of the United States until such
records have been made. An alien eligible for citizenship and not within
a class barred from the United States under the immigration laws, such
as criminals and other immoral persons, subversives, smugglers, and
persons unlawfully connected with narcotics who have resided in the
United States since before January 1, 1972, can have a record of lawful
admission to the United States for permanent residence created if they
are persons of good moral character. The application is Form I-485,
"Application for Permanent Residence." This form, together with
information about the procedure to be followed, may be obtained from the
nearest Immigration and Naturalization Service office. The required fee,
photographs and supporting documents must be filed with the nearest
Immigration and Naturalization Service office.
If an applicant can prove that he or she has been in the United States
since before July 1, 1924, the record of admission will be made as of
the date of actual entry into the United States and he or she will be
able to apply for naturalization without completing any more residence
in the United States. If an applicant did not come to the United States
until on or after July 1, 1924 but before January 1, 1972, the record of
admission will be made as of the date the application is approved, and
he or she will then have to complete whatever additional residence and
physical presence in the United States are required for naturalization.
Persons who claim to have entered the United States on or after January
1, 1972, should ask for information and advice from the nearest office
of the Immigration and Naturalization Service or a social service
NATURALIZATION AND CITIZENSHIP PAPER LOST, MUTILATED OR DESTROYED, OR
WHERE NAME HAS BEEN CHANGED
A person whose "Declaration of Intention" or whose certificate of
naturalization/citizenship has been lost, mutilated or destroyed, or
naturalized person whose name has been changed by a court or by marriage
after naturalization, may apply for a new declaration or certificate.
The application, Form N-565 "Application for a New Naturalization or
Citizenship Document," can be obtained without charge from the nearest
office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. It should be
filled out, following the instructions and then taken or mailed to that
office with the required photographs and fee. No currency should be sent
in the mail. That office will then take the action necessary with regard
to issuing the new document and will inform the applicant further.
excerpted from Form N-17 (Rev 11/30/92) N
prepared by Dept of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service
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