A certificate of citizenship is issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). It is proof that a person has obtained U.S. citizenship through derivation or acquisition at birth (when born outside the United States). This may occur when U.S. citizen parents give birth to a child in a foreign country.
A certificate of naturalization is also issued by the USCIS. It is also issued by the Federal Courts or some State Courts. It is proof that a person has obtained U.S. citizenship through naturalization.
If your current certificate of citizenship or naturalization is lost, destroyed, or mutilated, you should apply for a replacement. Also, if you have legally changed your name (i.e. court order, marriage, divorce), you may also apply for a replacement certificate. You should fill out and file Form N-565. File this form in person or by mail at your local USCIS office. Make sure to include the appropriate identification and filing fee. You must also submit current photographs.
An immigration lawyer would be able to guide you through the immigration laws and inform you of the proper procedure in obtaining a replacement certificate. You may also wish to contact your local USCIS office for the names of organizations that can help you file your application.
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