Can’t afford the naturalization filing fee? That’s no excuse for not becoming a U.S. citizen. If you are a green card holder and want to naturalize, you have many payment options, including a lottery for a free fee voucher, getting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to grant you a waiver of the entire $725 filing fee, a partial fee waiver and paying by credit card. Want free help completing your N-400, Application for Naturalization? Sign up to attend the CUNY/Daily News Citizenship Application Assistance Event and Immigration Fair on June 30 at John Jay College. Get an appointment by calling (646) 664-9400 or online at bit.ly/CitizenshipDay2018.
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You can get a full waiver of the $725 filing fee if you are receiving a means-tested public benefit, your household income is no more than 150% of the federal poverty guidelines or, you are in short-term financial distress — meaning you are unemployed or have big medical bills. If your household income is between 150% and 200% of the poverty guidelines, you pay a reduced filing fee of $405. To pay with your credit card, file Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transaction.
If you don’t qualify for a full or partial fee waiver, but your income is less than 300% of the federal poverty level, consider entering Gov. Cuomo’s Office for New Americans NaturalizeNY lottery. Enter the lottery online at NaturalizeNY.org or by calling the New Americans Hotline at (800) 566-7636. You have until June 15 to enter. Winners will be notified before the June 30 CUNY/Daily News event so you can get your voucher while getting help completing your N-400, Application for Naturalization.
Appointments for the June 30 citizenship application assistance event are limited. Don’t be left out. Call now.