Instructions for USCIS Form N-644 "Application for Posthumous Citizenship"

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Instructions for N-644, Application
Department of Homeland Security
for Posthumous Citizenship
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
NOTE: After a Certificate of Citizenship has been issued for a
What Is the Purpose of This Form?
veteran, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Public Law 101-249, as amended, provides that an alien or
will not approve any later application on his or her behalf,
non-citizen national of the United States who dies as a result
except in the case of an application to replace a certificate that
of injury or disease incurred by active duty with the U.S.
was lost, mutilated, or destroyed.
Armed Forces during specified periods of military hostilities
may be granted U.S. citizenship.
General Instructions
If the application is approved, a Certificate of Citizenship will
Step 1. Fill Out Form N-644
be issued in the name of the deceased veteran.
1. Type or print legibly in black ink.
The certificate establishes that the decedent is considered a
citizen of the United States as of the date of his or her death.
2. If extra space is needed to complete any item, attach a
Posthumous citizenship is an honorary status commemorating
continuation sheet, indicate the item number, and date and
the bravery and sacrifices of the veteran. The certificate allows
sign each sheet.
certain qualifying family members to apply for benefits under
3. Answer all questions fully and accurately. State that an
section 319(d) of the INA or remain classified as immediate
item is not applicable with "N/A." If the answer is none,
relatives for obtaining lawful permanent residence.
write "none."
4. Complete only Part I of this application. Do not write in
When Should I Use Form N-644?
Parts II, III, or IV, which are reserved for the use of the
The application must be filed no later than two years after the
executive departments.
date of the decedent's death.
Step 2. General Requirements
To qualify for posthumous citizenship, the decendent must
Who May File Form N-644?
have been an alien or non-citizen national of the United States
1. You may file this form only if your relationship to the
who:
decedent was:
1. Served honorably in an active-duty status in the military,
air, or naval forces of the United States during:
A. Spouse;
B. Father/Mother;
A. 04/06/1917 - 11/11/1918 (World War I);
C. Son/Daughter;
B. 09/01/1939 - 12/31/1946 (World War II);
D. Brother/Sister.
C. 06/25/1950 - 07/01/1955 (Korean Hostilities);
OR
D. 02/28/1961 - 10/15/1978 (Vietnam Hostilities);
2. You are the decedent's representative, defined as:
E. 08/02/1990 - 04/11/1991 (Persian Gulf Conflict);
F. From 09/11/2001 until terminated by Executive Order
A. Executor or administrator of decedent's estate;
of the President (Iraq Hostilities);
B. Guardian, conservator, or committee of decedent's next-
of-kin;
G. Any other period of military hostilities designated by
Executive Order of the President for the purpose of
C. Service organization recognized by the Department of
naturalization benefits; or
Veterans Affairs; or
H. A period of at least five years following enlistment or
D. The Secretary of Defense or the Secretary's designee
reenlistment in the U.S. Army under the Lodge Act of
with USCIS after request by the next-of-kin.
June 30, 1950, and who:
Form N-644 Instructions 08/05/15 N Page 1
Instructions for N-644, Application
Department of Homeland Security
for Posthumous Citizenship
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
NOTE: After a Certificate of Citizenship has been issued for a
What Is the Purpose of This Form?
veteran, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Public Law 101-249, as amended, provides that an alien or
will not approve any later application on his or her behalf,
non-citizen national of the United States who dies as a result
except in the case of an application to replace a certificate that
of injury or disease incurred by active duty with the U.S.
was lost, mutilated, or destroyed.
Armed Forces during specified periods of military hostilities
may be granted U.S. citizenship.
General Instructions
If the application is approved, a Certificate of Citizenship will
Step 1. Fill Out Form N-644
be issued in the name of the deceased veteran.
1. Type or print legibly in black ink.
The certificate establishes that the decedent is considered a
citizen of the United States as of the date of his or her death.
2. If extra space is needed to complete any item, attach a
Posthumous citizenship is an honorary status commemorating
continuation sheet, indicate the item number, and date and
the bravery and sacrifices of the veteran. The certificate allows
sign each sheet.
certain qualifying family members to apply for benefits under
3. Answer all questions fully and accurately. State that an
section 319(d) of the INA or remain classified as immediate
item is not applicable with "N/A." If the answer is none,
relatives for obtaining lawful permanent residence.
write "none."
4. Complete only Part I of this application. Do not write in
When Should I Use Form N-644?
Parts II, III, or IV, which are reserved for the use of the
The application must be filed no later than two years after the
executive departments.
date of the decedent's death.
Step 2. General Requirements
To qualify for posthumous citizenship, the decendent must
Who May File Form N-644?
have been an alien or non-citizen national of the United States
1. You may file this form only if your relationship to the
who:
decedent was:
1. Served honorably in an active-duty status in the military,
air, or naval forces of the United States during:
A. Spouse;
B. Father/Mother;
A. 04/06/1917 - 11/11/1918 (World War I);
C. Son/Daughter;
B. 09/01/1939 - 12/31/1946 (World War II);
D. Brother/Sister.
C. 06/25/1950 - 07/01/1955 (Korean Hostilities);
OR
D. 02/28/1961 - 10/15/1978 (Vietnam Hostilities);
2. You are the decedent's representative, defined as:
E. 08/02/1990 - 04/11/1991 (Persian Gulf Conflict);
F. From 09/11/2001 until terminated by Executive Order
A. Executor or administrator of decedent's estate;
of the President (Iraq Hostilities);
B. Guardian, conservator, or committee of decedent's next-
of-kin;
G. Any other period of military hostilities designated by
Executive Order of the President for the purpose of
C. Service organization recognized by the Department of
naturalization benefits; or
Veterans Affairs; or
H. A period of at least five years following enlistment or
D. The Secretary of Defense or the Secretary's designee
reenlistment in the U.S. Army under the Lodge Act of
with USCIS after request by the next-of-kin.
June 30, 1950, and who:
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2. Died because of injury or disease incurred in or aggravated
3. Any other military or state issued certificate of the
by that service; and
decedent's death.
3. Met one of the following enlistment requirements:
Failure to submit any of these documents may not
automatically result in the denial of your application, but will
A. Was enlisted, reenlisted, or inducted in the United
delay the certification process.
States, Panama Canal Zone, American Samoa, or
Swain's Island;
Translations
B. Was admitted to the United States as a lawful
Any document containing a foreign language submitted to
permanent resident at any time; or
USCIS shall be accompanied by a full English language
C. If a person described in (1)(F), entered the United
translation which the translator has certified as complete and
States, Panama Canal Zone, American Samoa, or
accurate, and by the translator's certification that he or she is
Swain's Island pursuant to military orders at some time
competent to translate from the foreign language into English.
during such service.
Copies
Unless specifically required that an original document be filed
Evidence
with an application or petition, an ordinary legible photocopy
Authorization documents
may be submitted. Original documents submitted when not
required will remain a part of the record, even if the
1. Unless you are the spouse of the decedent or the executor
submission was not required.
or administrator of the decedent's estate, you must obtain
authorization from all living next-of-kin above you in the
order of succession.
Where To File?
2. For example, if you are the decedent's brother, you would
Submit your Form N-644 to the following address:
have to obtain authorization from all living relatives in
classes (a), (b), and (c) in the "Who May File Form
USCIS California Service Center
N-644?" section on Page 1 of these instructions.
P.O. Box 10360
Laguna Niguel, CA 92607
The authorization must be in the form of an affidavit
stating the affiant's name, address, and relationship to the
decedent and authorizing you to apply for posthumous U.
What Is the Filing Fee?
S. Citizenship on behalf of the decedent. If the affidavit is
in a language other than English, it must be accompanied
No fee is collected for this application.
by a certified English translator.
3. If you are in category (e) or (f) of the section "Who May
Address Changes
File Form N-644?" you must submit a certified copy of
your letter of appointment as the executor or administrator
If you have changed your address, you must inform USCIS of
of the decedent's estate, or as the guardian, conservator, or
your new address. For information on filing a change of
committee of the decedent's next-of-kin.
address go to the USCIS Web site at
www.uscis.gov/
addresschange
or contact the National Customer Service
4. If you are in group (g) of the section "Who May File
Center at 1-800-375-5283.
Form N-644?" you must submit evidence of recognition of
your organization by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
NOTE: Do not submit a change of address request to the
USCIS Lockbox facilities because the USCIS Lockbox
Documentation of the decedent's service and death
facilities do not process change of address requests.
To facilitate certification of the decedent's military service and
service-connected death by the executive departments, you
Processing Information
should submit a legible copy of each of the following
documents, if available:
Any Form N-644 that is not signed will be rejected with a
notice that your Form N-644 is deficient. You may correct
1. Form DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from
the deficiency and resubmit Form N-644. An application or
Active Duty;
petition is not considered properly filed until accepted by
2. Form DD 1300, Report of Casualty/Military Death
USCIS.
Certificate; or
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Initial processing
Once Form N-644 has been accepted, it will be checked for
completeness, including submission of the required initial
evidence. If you do not completely fill out the form, or file it
without required initial evidence, you will not establish a basis
for eligibility, and we may deny your Form N-644.
Will You Have to Appear for an Interview?
No. However, if the application is approved and you reside
outside the United States, you will be required to appear at the
nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate to sign for the Certificate
of Citizenship.
Decision
The decision on Form N-644 involves a determination of
whether you have established eligibility for the requested
benefit. You will be notified of the decision in writing.
USCIS Forms and Information
To order USCIS forms, call our toll-free number at 1-800-
870-3676. You can also get USCIS forms and information on
immigration laws, regulations, and procedures by telephoning
our National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 or
visiting our Internet website at www.uscis.gov.
As an alternative to waiting in line for assistance at your local
USCIS office, you can now schedule an appointment through
our Internet-based system, InfoPass. To access the system,
visit our website. Use the InfoPass appointment scheduler and
follow the screen prompts to set up your appointment.
InfoPass generates an electronic appointment notice that
appears on the screen.
Penalties
If you knowingly and willfully falsify or conceal a material
fact or submit a false document with this Form N-644, we will
deny your Form N-644 and may deny any other immigration
benefit.
In addition, you will face severe penalties provided by law and
may be subject to criminal prosecution.
Privacy Act Notice
We ask for the information on this form, and associated
evidence, to determine if you have established eligibility for the
immigration benefit for which you are filing. Our legal right to
ask for this information can be found in the Immigration and
Nationality Act, as amended. We may provide this information
to other government agencies. Failure to provide this
information, and any requested evidence, may delay a final
decision or result in denial of your Form N-644.
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