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USCIS Adjusts Fees for US Citizenship Applications in 2024

(CNN Spanish) – If your plans for 2024 include obtaining US citizenship, you may need to budget for higher application fees. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on January 30 that certain fees for immigration and naturalization benefits will be adjusted for the first time since 2016.

Among the USCIS fees that will see an adjustment are those related to obtaining US citizenship through naturalization. According to the new USCIS fees, applicants seeking US citizenship will experience an increase of up to 19% in certain cases.

This fee adjustment could impact a significant group of individuals. Statistics from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) show that at the beginning of 2023, there were 9 million people who met the age and residence requirements to apply for US citizenship.

For those considering starting their citizenship application process, here are the details of the fee adjustments:

The new rates will come into effect on Monday, April 1, 2024. Until that date, applicants can still apply at the current rates. The application for US citizenship, the N-400 (application for naturalization), will see the following changes in fees:

– N-400 Naturalization Application (online submission)
Current cost: US$640
New rate starting in April: US$710
11% increase (or US$70 more)

– N-400 Naturalization Application (online submission) (with biometric services)
Current cost: US$725
New rate: US$710
2% reduction (or US$15 less)

– N-400 Naturalization Application (submission in printed format)
Current cost: US$640
New rate: US$760
19% increase (or US$120 more)

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– N-400 Naturalization Application (paper submission) (with biometric services)
Current cost: US$ 725
New rate: US$ 760
5% increase (or US$ 35 more)

Applicants with household incomes between 150% and 400% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG) will also see adjustments in fees:

– N-400 Naturalization Application [applicants with household income between 150% and 400% of FPG]
Current cost: US$320
New rate: US$380
19% increase (or US$60 more)

– N-400 Naturalization Application (applicants with household income between 150% and 400% of FPG) (with biometric services)
Current cost: US$405
New rate: US$380
6% reduction (or US$25 less)

To determine eligibility for US citizenship, applicants can use the USCIS eligibility tool for guidance. However, USCIS is the only authority that can determine eligibility once the N-400 application is filed.

For the most benefits, USCIS recommends filing the N-400 application online. Additionally, applicants can file the I-942 application for a rate reduction request to obtain the lowest FPG costs.

The fee adjustments aim to reflect the costs associated with processing US citizenship applications and ensuring the integrity of the immigration system. Applicants are encouraged to review the new rates and plan accordingly before submitting their application for US citizenship.

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