New Fee Waiver Available for Naturalization!

May 18th, 2017
New Fee Waiver Available for Naturalization!

The office of the Federal Register has announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be changing the fees for immigration and naturalization benefit requests, which are processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The naturalization (Form N-400) fee will have three levels. The standard fee, which includes biometrics, will increase from $680 to $725. However, USCIS is also introducing a partial fee waiver for households with incomes that are between 150-200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, or between $36,000-$48,000 per year for a household of four. The full fee waiver, which is in effect for households making under 150% of the federal poverty guidelines, will not change. Check out the National Partnership for New Americans' (NPNA) press release on the fee changes here.

The NYIC and the NPNA have been pushing for a fee waiver for years:

Steven Choi, NPNA Board Member and Executive Director of the NYIC, commented on the fee waiver when it was announced in May 2016:

"This new partial fee waiver, which the NYIC and NPNA have been pushing for years, is an important step for millions of immigrants who qualify for citizenship but are unable to apply because of the high fees. The partial fee waiver will expand the reach of our Empower Immigrant New Yorkers campaign to thousands more of individuals, bringing new strength and stability to low income communities. At the same time, we remain concerned by the rising costs of applications over time, and call on the Administration to consider strategies to lower hurdles to naturalization so that even more individuals are not barred from the American Dream."

USCIS and DHS completed a fee analysis this year, and decided that current fees do not fully cover operating costs. This is the first fee adjustment since 2010. Fees will be increased by a weighted average of 21 percent. However, certain fees will increase more or less than 21 percent. The full fee schedule is listed below.

Table 1—Non-Statutory IEFA Immigration Benefit Request Fees

Form No.5 Title Current fee Final fee
G-1041 Genealogy Index Search Request $20 $65
G-1041A Genealogy Records Request (Copy from Microfilm) 20 65
G-1041A Genealogy Records Request (Copy from Textual Record) 35 65
I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card 365 455
I-102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document 330 445
I-129/129CW Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker 325 460
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) 340 535
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative 420 535
I-1316/I-131A7 Application for Travel Document 360 575
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker 580 700
I-191 Application for Advance Permission to Return to Unrelinquished Domicile 585 930
I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant 585 585/9308
I-193 Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa 585 585
I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal 585 930
I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion 630 675
I-360 Petition for Amerasian Widow(er) or Special Immigrant 405 435
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status 985 1,140
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (certain applicants under the age of 14 years) 635 750
I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur 1,500 3,675
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status 290 370
I-600/600A Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative/Application for Advance Petition Processing of Orphan Petition 720 775
I-800/800A Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative/Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country 720 775
I-601 Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability 585 930
I-601A Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver 585 630
I-612 Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement (Under Section 212(e) of the INA, as Amended) 585 930
I-687 Application for Status as a Temporary Resident under Section 245A of the Immigration and Nationality Act 1,130 1,130
I-690 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility 200 715
I-694 Notice of Appeal of Decision 755 890
I-698 Application to Adjust Status From Temporary to Permanent Resident (Under Section 245A of the INA) 1,020 1,670
I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence 505 595
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization 380 410
I-800A Supp. 3 Request for Action on Approved Form I-800A 360 385
I-817 Application for Family Unity Benefits 435 600
I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition 405 465
I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions 3,750 3,750
I-910 Application for Civil Surgeon Designation 615 785
I-9249 Application for Regional Center Designation Under the Immigrant Investor Program 6,230 17,795
I-924A Annual Certification of Regional Center 0 3,035
I-929 Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Nonimmigrant 215 230
N-300 Application to File Declaration of Intention 250 270
N-336 Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings 650 700
N-400 Application for Naturalization 595 640
N-470 Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes 330 355
N-565 Application for Certification of Citizenship/Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate under Section 322 600/55010 1,170
USCIS Immigrant Fee11 165 220
Biometric Services Fee 85 85