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If your plans include obtaining US citizenship in 2024, keep the following information in mind because it is possible that your pocketbook will be affected.

On January 30, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that starting this year "certain application fees for immigration and naturalization benefits would be adjusted for the first time since 2016." .

As this notification mentions, among the USCIS fees that will have an adjustment are those for naturalization, that is, those related to obtaining US citizenship.

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According to the new USCIS fees, people seeking US citizenship will see an increase of up to 19% in certain cases.

The above could affect a very large group.

According to statistics from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), at the beginning of 2023 there were 9 million people who met the age and duration of residence requirements in the United States to apply for citizenship.

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If you are within this group and want to start with your citizenship application, below we give you the details about the fee adjustments.

When and how much do prices rise to apply for US citizenship?

A new U.S. citizen holds an envelope with her U.S. citizenship certificate after a naturalization ceremony on Aug. 10, 2023, in Utqiagvik, Alaska.

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USCIS indicates that the new rates will be effective starting Monday, April 1, 2024. Before that date, you will still be able to apply with the previous rate.

The application for US citizenship is the N-400 (application for naturalization).

These are the current rates and the new rates that come into effect in April:

N-400 Naturalization Application (online submission)

  • Current cost: US$640

  • New rate starting in April: US$ 710

  • 11% increase (or $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 $120 more)

N-400 Naturalization Application (paper submission) (with biometric services)

  • Current cost: US$725

  • New rate: US$ 760

  • 5% increase (or US$35 more)

N-400 Application for Naturalization [applicants with household income between 150% and 400% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG)]

  • Current cost: US$320

  • New rate: US$380

  • 19% increase (or $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 $25 less)

If you want to know if you are eligible to obtain US citizenship, you can use the USCIS eligibility tool to guide you on this matter.

Remember that this is only a tool to guide you and does not actually determine if you are eligible.

USCIS is the only body that will be able to determine if you are eligible once you file your N-400 application.

To obtain greater benefits, USCIS recommends filing the N-400 application online, which you can do by clicking here.

Likewise, to obtain the lowest FPG costs, it is necessary to file the N-400 together with the I-942 application for a rate reduction request.

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