Streamlining Naturalization: USCIS Expands EBE Program for Social Security Updates

Starting April 1, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will expand the Enumeration Beyond Entry (EBE) program to include the new edition of the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. Applicants using the form with an edition date of April 1, 2024, can now request an original or replacement Social Security number (SSN) card directly through the form, and authorize USCIS to update their immigration status as U.S. citizens with the Social Security Administration (SSA). This addition aims to streamline the process for new citizens, eliminating the need for most to visit SSA offices in person for SSN applications or status updates, although the SSA may still request further information if necessary. The option to request an SSN card or authorize information disclosure to the SSA is exclusive to the April 1, 2024, edition of the Form N-400. Applicants not utilizing this option will need to visit an SSA office to request an SSN card and update their citizenship status. This update is part of efforts under Executive Order 14012 to improve the legal immigration system and support the integration of new Americans.

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