Naturalization Fee Increase Frequently Asked Questions

Did the naturalization fee increase?

According to the proposal published on November 14, 2019, the Administration intends to increase the naturalization fee to $1,170. This increase is not yet in effect.

When will the new fee go into effect?

We expect that fee will go into effect sometime in 2020, the exact date is not yet available. If you are considering applying to become a U.S. citizen, we suggest you apply soon to avoid having to pay a higher fee.

Are fee waivers still available?

Both the Request for Fee Waiver (I-912) and Request for a Reduced Fee (I-942) are still available. The proposal published on 11/14/2019 indicates that the Administration intends to eliminate both waivers. Individuals can continue to submit fee waivers until otherwise announced.

What has changed about Form I-912, Fee Waiver?

In October 2019, USCIS announced that after December 2, 2019, they will not accept means-tested benefits as proof of eligibility for Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver. If you are eligible to become a U.S. citizen and are interested in applying for a fee waiver, you should apply now.

What other USCIS forms were impacted by the proposed fee changes?

Many forms were impacted. Below are some of the forms that could see changes:

Form Current Fee Proposed New Fee
N-600 – Application for Certificate of Citizenship $640 $1,170
N-565 Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document $555 $545
DACA (I-765, I-821D) $495 $765
Adjustment of Status (I-485, I-765, I-131) $1,225 $2,195

Are the proposed fees final?

This proposal does not go into effect immediately. We will keep the community informed of a potential date of implementation.

Does the fee increase mean that applications will be processed faster?

USCIS estimates that it will take several years before the backlogs decrease measurably.