If you are eligible to apply for naturalization to U.S. citizenship, it may be best to apply sooner rather than later.

The reason is because the Immigration Service (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service or USCIS) is considering edits to the N-400 Application for Naturalization form.   

The current N-400 naturalization application may more-than double in its number of pages.  The comment period regarding the proposed changes closed on February 19, 2013, so consideration of the comments has begun.  It isn’t clear when any revisions may take effect and whether the N-400 application filing fee will also increase. 

While many of the additional questions and documentation requirements may not apply to all applicants, it could still be the best course of action to simply file now if you meet the eligibility requirements and want to apply for U.S. citizenship.  Note that it is possible that revisions could retroactively apply to those whose applications are pending at the time when any change takes effect. 

Of course, before deciding to proceed, it’s best to consult not only with an immigration attorney, but also with tax and estates lawyers who can provide advice regarding potential implications under those areas of the law.

The author can be reached at cwadhwani@foxrothschild.com.