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Costs and Processing Times for Citizenship

Costs and Processing Times for Citizenship

Becoming a United States citizen is a dream for millions of people around the world. There are many challenges people face when they start the naturalization process, and two of these are the cost as well as the processing times. To ensure the process is as smooth as possible, and to help you gain citizenship as quickly as possible, it is important to work with a Chicago immigration lawyer.

The Cost of Applying for Citizenship

When applying for citizenship, you will have to pay filing fees as well as other expenses. Filing Form N 600 costs $1,170 and the fee must be paid by money order, check, or a cashier’s check. The fee is paid to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. There are many exceptions to the fee and they are as follows:

  • Members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces are not required to pay a filing fee. The United States Armed Forces include the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp., Space Force, and Coast Guard.
  • The fee can be waived for individuals who are under financial hardship or who receive certain government benefits. If the total income for your household falls at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, you can also apply to have the fee waived.

Other Costs Associated With Applying for Citizenship

In addition to the filing fee, there are other expenses associated with applying for citizenship. You should work with a Chicago immigration lawyer who can help prepare your application and advise on the documents you need to gather and submit. You will also have to pay for photos of yourself taken no longer than 30 days before you file the application.

You may also have to submit certain certificates that you do not currently have. You may need your own birth certificate, the birth certificates of your parents, and a marriage certificate. If you do not have these documents and need to get them from a government agency, there will also likely be a fee attached.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may also ask you to fulfill additional requirements that can be costly. For example, the agency may ask you to provide your fingerprints. USCIS will notify you of what is needed, the date of your appointment and the cost attached in the letter they send you.

Processing Times for Citizenship

Generally speaking, processing times for citizenship can take between seven and 16 months. However, the timeline for your case will depend on the USCIS office you are applying with and the amount of cases they have at the time.

Call Our Immigration Lawyer in Chicago Today

Becoming a United States citizen is very exciting, but the process is incredibly complex. At Sverdloff Law Group, our Chicago immigration lawyer can guide you through it so you can become a citizen as quickly and easily as possible. Call us now at 312-238-9090 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our experienced attorney and to learn more.

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