Apply for Naturalization Before Fee Increases on October 2, 2020

Can you name three of the thirteen original states? Do you know one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?  These are just a few of the 100 possible history and government questions on the naturalization test to become a U.S. citizen.  The exam itself requires you to get 6 out of 10 questions correct.  To take the self-test on USCIS’s website: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/questions-and-answers/100q.pdf[1]

In addition to the civics questions, there is also a written and oral section to test your English.  For the reading test, you must read one out of three sentences correctly.  For the writing test, you must write one out of the three sentences correctly.

Certain applicants, because of their age and time as a Permanent Resident, are exempt from the English requirements for naturalization and may take the civics test in the language of their choice. For more information, see exceptions and accommodations[2].

To be eligible for naturalization and become a U.S. citizen, you must:

To review the special provisions for those who have served in the U.S. military, please see Naturalization through Military Service[3].

The N-400 Application for Naturalization can be filed online or by mail:  https://www.uscis.gov/forms/explore-my-options/becoming-a-us-citizen-through-naturalization[4].

USCIS just published new fees to become effective as of 10/02/2020.  The N-400 application fees are going from $725 ($640 + $85 biometric fee) to $1,200 ($1,170 + $30 biometric fee).  That’s $475 more per person!  You can save $10 if filing online.

Consider filing for naturalization before October to take advantage of the lower fee.  Our Immigration Team can assist you.

About the Author: Robin Vermette[5]

Endnotes:
  1. https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/questions-and-answers/100q.pdf: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/questions-and-answers/100q.pdf
  2. exceptions and accommodations: https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/apply-for-citizenship/exceptions-and-accommodations
  3. Naturalization through Military Service: https://www.uscis.gov/military/naturalization-through-military-service
  4. https://www.uscis.gov/forms/explore-my-options/becoming-a-us-citizen-through-naturalization: https://www.uscis.gov/forms/explore-my-options/becoming-a-us-citizen-through-naturalization
  5. Robin Vermette: https://orr-reno.com/our-people/robin-l-h-vermette/

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