- $640 to $1,160 (Online)
- $640 to $1,170 (Paper filing)
The Department of Homeland Security, DHS has approved by 81 percent and 266 percent increase in United States Citizenship and Immigration, USCIS fees for naturalization with effect from October 2, 2020.
The new adjustment shows that the N-400 Application for Naturalization (online filing) is adjusted from $640 to $1,160 (81 percent) a difference of $520; and $640 to $1,170 (83 percent) a difference of $530 for N-400 Application for Naturalization (paper filing). (See full list)
A statement from the USCIS said “as required by federal law, USCIS conducted a comprehensive biennial fee review and determined that current fees do not recover the full cost of providing adjudication and naturalization services.”
“USCIS is primarily funded by fees for immigration and naturalization services. Fee schedule adjustments are necessary to recover the full operating costs associated with administering the nation’s lawful immigration system efficiently and fairly and efficiently adjudicating immigration benefit requests, including the numerous requests and services provided without charge,” it said.
“In addition to adjusting fees, the final rule removes certain fee exemptions, limits fee waivers, alters premium processing time limits, and modifies certain intercountry adoption processing.”
Meanwhile, some of USCIS forms have changed and the new and revised forms will be posted online 30 days before the new rule goes into effect. These forms include:
- Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker;
- Form I-600/I-600A, Supplement 3, Request for Action on Approved Form I-600/I-600A;
- Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization; and
- Form I-912, Request for a Fee Waiver.
USCIS will be providing a grace period of up to 60 days in which we will accept both the previous and the new versions of certain forms as long as payment of the new, correct fees accompanies the forms. Applicants and petitioners must use the new or revised form by October 2, 2020.