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US Citizenship: Reduced Naturalization filing fee

New Naturalization Form N-400 Fee Reduction Guidelines

New immigration fees went into effect for many immigration services, including naturalization application Form N-400, effective April 1, 2024. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) increased the fees for many purposes, including increasing staff, meeting contract costs, improving adjudicator training, and providing asylum and refugee support.

Form N-400 Filing Fee Increase

  • Online Fee:     Previous Fee: $725    New Fee: $710
  • Paper Fee:       Previous Fee: $725.   New Fee: $760

There is no Naturalization Form-N-400 for military member applications. Military members receive many immigration and naturalization benefits.

Form N-400 Fee Reduction Guidelines

USCIS offers a reduced filing fee for Form N-400 (application for naturalization) to some applicants:

  • Eligibility: Applicants with household income between 150% and 400% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG) qualify for a reduced fee of $380 (half the full fee).
  • Previously: The reduced fee applied only to incomes between 150% and 200% of the FPG.

Form N-400 Fee Waivers: 3 Ways to Qualify

Here are the three main criteria to qualify for naturalization application fee waivers:

  1. Household Income: Your household income must be at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG).
  2. Means-Tested Benefit Receipt: You or a qualifying family member must currently be receiving a means-tested benefit from the government.
  3. Extreme Financial Hardship: You can demonstrate financial hardship that prevents you from paying the filing fee. This hardship could be due to unexpected medical bills, unemployment, or other extraordinary circumstances.

Do You Want to Become a U.S. Citizen? Talk To A Citizenship Lawyer

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? The immigration attorneys at Godoy Law Office work with you to evaluate your immigration status and guide you in your journey to becoming a U.S. citizen. If you need help with an immigration issue, please contact our office at 630-630-345-4164.

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