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Making The Path to Citizenship Affordable

Reduced filing fees open the door to citizenship for those who might not otherwise afford it. Becoming a U.S. citizen allows you to vote, hold certain jobs, and fully participate in American society. It's a chance to contribute and build a secure future for yourself and your family.

What are the Regular Fees?

Currently, the standard fee for filing a naturalization application (Form N-400) is $710. This includes the application processing cost and the biometric services fee.

Who Qualifies for Reduced Fees?

If your household income falls within a certain range, you may be eligible for a reduced application fee or even a complete waiver. USCIS considers your total annual household income when making this determination. In simpler terms, the combined income of everyone living in your home is what matters.

Here's a breakdown:

  • Complete Fee Waiver: If your household income falls at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, you may qualify for a complete waiver, meaning you wouldn't have to pay any fees at all.

  • Reduced Fee: If your household income falls between 150% and 400% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, you might be eligible for a reduced fee. This would significantly lower the application cost. In most cases, the reduced fee is $380

Applying for Reduced Fees

If you believe you might qualify for a reduced fee or waiver, there are specific steps involved in applying. The key document you'll need is Form I-912, Application for Fee Waiver or Reduction.  This form allows you to request a fee waiver or reduction based on your financial situation.

USCIS offers detailed instructions and resources to guide you through the application process.  It's also advisable to consult with an immigration attorney who can provide specific guidance based on your circumstances.

While seeking a fee waiver or reduction can be advantageous, it's important to be aware that it may increase USCIS processing time for your application. This is because USCIS needs to verify your financial situation before approving the waiver or reduction.

Taking the Next Step

Reduced fees can make the dream of citizenship a reality. By understanding the eligibility requirements and application process, you can take a significant step towards becoming a U.S. citizen. Tran Flores Law is available to assist you on this journey. Don't hesitate to reach out for help and information. Call us now at (512) 894-9984 to schedule a consultation with our attorney.


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