USCIS Naturalization Application Fee to Increase in 2020
UPDATE #2: On September 29, 2020, a federal district court temporarily issued a motion for preliminary injunction that would prevent USCIS from implementing the naturalization fee increase on October 2, 2020. This means that, for now, the application for naturalization will remain at $725 instead of increasing to $1,170.
UPDATE #1: On July 31, 2020, USCIS announced that the filing fee for naturalization applications will in fact increase to $1,170. The fee will take effect for applications postmarked on or after October 2, 2020. Anybody who is looking to naturalize should ensure that their applications are postmarked October 1, 2020 or earlier.
People who are thinking about applying to naturalize as a U.S. citizen may want to fast track their decision. USCIS announced a series of changes in filing fees which, if approved, would take effect in 2020. Among the fee changes, naturalization applications will seeing the highest increase from $725 to $1,170.
If you have had your green card for at least five years, you may be eligible to naturalize if you have physically resided in the U.S. for at least half (2.5 years) of the preceding 5 years. Any trips outside of the U.S. for more than 6 consecutive months may break the continuous residency requirement unless you can prove that you were domiciled in the U.S. Any trips outside the U.S. for more than 12 consecutive months will definitely break the requirement.
If you obtained your green card through marriage, you may be eligible to naturalize after you've been married for 3 years and have had your green card for 3 years. You must also meet the continuous residency requirement - in this case, 1.5 years in the preceding 3 years. If it has been fewer than 5 years since you got your green card and you are naturalizing based on marriage to a U.S. citizen, you will also have to provide proof that you are still married.
To qualify for naturalization, you should not have a criminal record that would make you inadmissible, and have paid your taxes every year.
Please contact our office to see if you qualify for naturalization in 2020.