Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings

Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings

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Last updated: April 4, 2024.

What is Form N-336?

  • Form N-336, “Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings, Under Section 336” is a form used by individuals who have applied for U.S. citizenship through the naturalization process and have received a denial of their application
  • If an applicant disagrees with the decision made by USCIS regarding their naturalization application, they have the option to file Form N-336 to request a hearing on the decision

Here are some key points about Form N-336:

  • Purpose: The primary purpose of Form N-336 is to request a hearing before an immigration officer to appeal the denial of a naturalization application
  • Applicability: This form is specifically for individuals who have had their naturalization application denied and wish to challenge that decision
  • Time Limit: There is a specific timeframe within which the form must be filed. The form should be submitted within 30 calendar days of receiving the denial notice from USCIS
  • Hearing Process: If the request for a hearing is granted, the applicant will have the opportunity to present evidence and arguments supporting their case before an immigration officer
  • Decision After the Hearing: The immigration officer will review the case, including any new evidence or arguments presented during the hearing, and will make a final decision on the naturalization application

When should I file Form N-336?

Form N-336 must be filed with USCIS within 30 calendar days of receiving the N-400 denial decision.

Late submissions of Form N-336 will be rejected and USCIS will not refund the filing fee. 

How much is the fee for Form N-336?

Form N-336 filing fees are provided below:

N-336 Filing Category Paper Filing Fee Online Filing Fee
General Filing $830 $780
If you filed Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, under the Immigration and Nationality Act sections 328 or 329 with respect to military service and your application has been denied. $0 $0

Certain applicants may be eligible for a Fee Waiver. Learn more: Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver.

If filing Form N-336 online, you can pay the filing fee by credit card.

If filing Form N-336 by mail, USCIS accepts the following payment methods:

  • Money order
  • Personal check
  • Cashier’s check
  • Credit card payment (Form G-1450)

Form N-336 filing address

Form N-336 can be filed online.

If filing Form N-336 by mail, choose the correct filing address:

If you live in:

Filing Address:

  • Alaska
  • American Samoa
  • Arizona
  • Armed Forces – Europe
  • Armed Forces – Pacific
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Palau
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Outside of the U.S.
USCIS Phoenix Lockbox

U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

Attn: NATZ
P.O. Box 20100
Phoenix, AZ 85036-0100

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

Attn: NATZ (Box 20100)
2108 E. Elliot Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85284-1806

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Armed Forces – America
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
USCIS Elgin Lockbox

U.S. Postal Service (USPS): 

Attn: NATZ 
P.O. Box 4088
Carol Stream, IL  60197-4088

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries: 

Attn: NATZ (Box 4088)
2500 Westfield Drive
Elgin, IL 60124-7836

USCIS filing addresses are subject to change, so verify the most current Form N-336 filing address on the USCIS website.

What happens after the N-336 hearing?

If your Form N-336 is filed timely, USCIS schedules the hearing within 180 days. 

The hearing will be conducted by an officer other than the officer who denied Form N-400.

An officer may conduct a de novo review of your naturalization application.

A de novo review means that the hearing is conducted as if the previous decision did not exist. 

In other words, the reviewing immigration officer may reconsider the entire case from the beginning, taking into account all the evidence and arguments presented by the applicant.

Applicants are authorized to present new testimony and documents during the hearing.

During a de novo review, the reviewing USCIS officer is not bound by the previous decision and has the authority to independently assess the facts and legal aspects of the case. 

This provides the applicant with an opportunity to present their case again and address any concerns or issues that may have led to the initial denial.

English and Civics Testing at Hearing

If Form N-400 was denied on the basis of failing to meet the English and/or civics test, USCIS officers must administer any portion of the tests that the applicant previously failed. 

Officers will provide only one opportunity to pass the failed portion of the tests at the N-336 hearing.

After a Form N-336 hearing, the immigration officer will review the case, consider any new evidence or arguments presented during the hearing, and make a final decision on the naturalization application. 

The following outcomes are possible:

  • Approval of Naturalization: If the immigration officer is convinced that the applicant meets all the eligibility criteria and requirements for naturalization, they may approve the application. In this case, the applicant will move forward in the naturalization process and may be scheduled for a swearing-in ceremony
  • Denial of Naturalization: If the immigration officer upholds the initial decision to deny naturalization, the applicant’s request for a hearing will be denied, and they will be notified of the decision. The denial could be based on various factors, such as failure to meet eligibility requirements or failure to provide sufficient evidence
  • Remand for Further Review: In some cases, the immigration officer may decide to remand the case back to the USCIS for further review. This could happen if there are unresolved issues or if additional information is needed to make a final decision

Learn More: 

U.S. Citizenship Application Guide – N-400