At Godoy Law Office we’re often asked what is the typical cost of immigrating to the U.S. The cost from someone to immigration to the United States varies considerably – it could be as low as $2,000 to $8,000 and even higher, depending on your unique case. The specific cost for you to immigrate to the United States can vary widely depending on factors such as the type of immigrant visa you’re applying for and individual circumstances. In addition to immigration application fees and processing fees and other requirements that cost money, there may also be legal fees associated with the immigration process.
In addition, certain immigration applications may require proof of financial resources to support yourself and any dependents while living in the U.S. This may involve providing documentation such as bank statements, investments or a job offer that meets specific financial requirements.
Here are some of the types of fees and expenses you can expect if you immigrate to the United States in 2023.
Fees for USCIS Form Submission
When applying to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there are various fees associated with the process. The filing fee depends on the specific immigration form being submitted. USCIS immigration fees are currently under review and fees are expected to increase in 2023. USCIS raised the fee for some nonimmigrant visa fees on June 17, 2023.
While not mandatory, hiring an immigration lawyer can be beneficial in navigating the process, especially due to complex and frequent changes in immigration laws. The legal fees for an immigration lawyer typically can range considerably, depending on the type of immigration application, the complexity of the individual’s background and other specific circumstances for that person.
Medical and Vaccination Costs
Applicants are required to undergo a medical examination and receive vaccinations for certain diseases before immigrating to the U.S. Vaccinations for diseases like mumps, measles, rubella, and polio, along with a physical examination, typically average around $1,000, but vary on where the applicant is located.
After obtaining permanent residency, individuals can pursue naturalization and gain citizenship, granting them voting rights and the ability to petition for family members. The current USCIS naturalization fee is between $640 and $725 for processing applications, plus with an $85 biometric services fee. Applicants under 14 years old or over 70 years old are exempt from the biometric fee.
Preparing for the citizenship exam may involve training lessons, and program fees can vary among providers. It is important to research and select a reputable company. USCIS maintains a directory of colleges and organizations offering training courses, including both paid and free options for preparing for citizenship exams.
Individuals with a negative immigration history or a criminal record may need to provide additional documents or seek legal assistance, incurring further expenses. Postage, transportation and incidental costs from the home country should also be considered.
Immigration laws are complex and can be confusing. Even a simple mistake can lead to delays or denials in your case. If you have any questions about your immigration status, it is important to speak with an immigration lawyer. An immigration lawyer can help you understand your rights and options and to develop a plan to protect your immigration status. They can also help you to file the necessary paperwork and to attend any hearings or interviews.
Do not wait until it is too late. Contact the experienced immigration lawyers at Godoy Law Office today. Call us at 630-345-4164 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.