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I've recently naturalized and applied for a US passport. I've sent in my naturalization certificate as a proof of citizenship. 2 weeks later I received my passport and a few days later I received someone else's birth certificate (instead of my naturalization certificate).


It looks like my certificate may have been swapped or mailed to someone else. I realize that the replacement takes over a year and costs $555. 


I've contacted the state department and they said they'll try to call the person whose birth certificate I have to see if they have my naturalization certificate. I haven't heard anything back yet so I am not having high hopes.


What are my options here? Do I really have to go through all this paperwork and expense again? Should I get a lawyer? Does anyone have an opinion?

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Keep on them about investigating what happened and/or getting it sent back if they are able to locate it---If you don't get the naturalization certificate back AND you want to file for a replacement, you're going to have to file the N-565 form and cough up the $555 fee.   Hopefully the other person who never got their document back (or received yours) has contacted them as well, which may help move things along quicker.


Even if you did hire a lawyer---1) there's really nothing a lawyer can do in this instance, and 2) the fee for a lawyer is either comparable to the fee for the N-565, or even more in the end.


The good news, is that you got the passport back which can be used as proof of citizenship going forward.  Good luck.

Edited by Going through

Applied for Naturalization based on 5-year Residency - 96 Days To Complete Citizenship!

July 14, 2017 (Day 00) -  Submitted N400 Application, filed online

July 21, 2017 (Day 07) -  NOA Receipt received in the mail

July 22, 2017 (Day 08) - Biometrics appointment scheduled online, letter mailed out

July 25, 2017 (Day 11) - Biometrics PDF posted online

July 28, 2017 (Day 14) - Biometrics letter received in the mail, appointment for 08/08/17

Aug 08, 2017 (Day 24) - Biometrics (fingerprinting) completed

Aug 14, 2017 (Day 30) - Online EGOV status shows "Interview Scheduled, will mail appointment letter"

Aug 16, 2017 (Day 32) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Interview Scheduled, read the letter we mailed you..."

Aug 17, 2017 (Day 33) - Interview Appointment Letter PDF posted online---GOT AN INTERVIEW DATE!!!

Aug 21, 2017 (Day 37) - Interview Appointment Letter received in the mail, appointment for 09/27/17

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Naturalization Interview--- read my experience here

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Oath Ceremony Notice mailed"

Sep. 28, 2017 (Day 75) - Oath Ceremony Letter PDF posted online--Ceremony for 10/19/17

Oct. 02, 2017 (Day 79) -  Oath Ceremony Letter received in the mail

Oct. 19, 2017 (Day 96) -  Oath Ceremony-- read my experience here




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