USCIS Aims to Prevent Fraud with Redesigned Certificates of Citizenship and Naturalization
Following a successful pilot program, USCIS began issuing redesigned Certificates of Citizenship and Naturalization on June 5, 2018. The new certificate design was piloted at the Norfolk, Tampa, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Sacramento Field Offices, as well as the Nebraska Service Center. The eight forms that have been redesigned by USCIS are the N-550, N-570, N-578, N-560A, N-560AB, N-645, N-645A and N-561. All of these forms pertain to documentation of some of the various circumstances under which either citizenship or naturalization may occur. The goal of this redesign initiative is to stay ahead of counterfeiters, combat fraud and safeguard the legal immigration system.
The newly redesigned certificates of citizenship and naturalization feature a large, central image against a patterned background. This complex patterned background helps deter the alteration of personal data which can help prevent identity theft and fraud. In addition, each certificate now features a unique image that is only visible under ultraviolet light. Any attempts to alter or tamper with this image will be evident. Posthumous Certificates of Naturalization and Special Certificates of Citizenship each feature a different image, but are still protected by the same fraud-deterrent security features as the other redesigned documents.
Changing the design and printing methods of these certificates from time-to-time is one way USCIS stays ahead of counterfeiters and works to prevent fraud in the immigration process.
One can expect a new look and feel to these documents. Despite these changes, it is important to note that the process of applying and receiving these documents remains the same. Regardless of when they were issued, individuals do not need to renew their Certificates of Citizenship of Naturalization. USCIS will continue to accept certificates issued before the redesign as proof of citizenship.
If you are interested in applying for naturalization, be sure to contact Berardi Immigration Law today to setup a consultation with one of our attorneys!