Cost

Applying for U.S. citizenship is a significant step in one’s life, and understanding the associated costs is crucial for proper planning and preparation. Below is a detailed breakdown of the costs involved in the citizenship application process, focusing on the N-400, Application for Naturalization.

USCIS Filing Fees

  • N-400 Application Fee: As of the last update, the fee for filing Form N-400 is $640. This fee is paid directly to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and is mandatory for most applicants.
  • Biometrics Fee: In addition to the application fee, applicants are required to pay $85 for biometrics services, which covers the cost of fingerprinting and photo identification.

Total USCIS Fees: $725 (Application Fee + Biometrics Fee)

Additional Costs

  • Preparation Services: If you choose to use a service like Citizenship Application Assistance Services to help with your paperwork, costs can vary. For document preparation assistance, prices typically range from $100 to $500, depending on the complexity of your case and the level of support required.
  • Translation Services: If you have documents in a language other than English, you’ll need to get them translated. Professional translation services can cost anywhere from $25 to $50 per page.
  • Legal Fees: Hiring an immigration attorney for consultation or to handle your case can significantly increase your expenses. Attorney fees for citizenship applications can range from $500 to $2,000 or more, depending on the attorney’s experience and the specifics of your case.
  • Study Materials: While many resources are available for free, some applicants choose to purchase study guides or enroll in classes to prepare for the citizenship test. These costs can range from $20 to $100.

Fee Waivers and Reductions

USCIS offers fee waivers and reductions for eligible applicants based on income level, disability, or other qualifying factors.

  • Fee Waiver: Eligible applicants may receive a waiver for the N-400 application fee and the biometrics fee.
  • Fee Reduction: USCIS offers a 50% reduction of the application fee for applicants whose household income is between 150% and 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Applicants must submit Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or Form I-942, Request for Reduced Fee, to apply for these benefits.

Payment Methods

USCIS accepts various payment methods, including checks, money orders, and credit cards. When submitting payment, ensure it is made payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Conclusion

The total cost of applying for U.S. citizenship can vary widely depending on individual circumstances, additional services utilized, and eligibility for fee waivers or reductions. It’s important to factor in these costs when planning your application to avoid any surprises during the process.


Disclaimer: The costs mentioned are based on the most recent information available as of this writing and are subject to change. Always refer to the official USCIS website for the most current fee structure and eligibility criteria for fee waivers or reductions.

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