The high cost of the U.S. citizenship application, Form N-400, may be giving you second thoughts about naturalization. Luckily, certain applicants qualify for a discounted fee—a full $320 less than the standard price.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offers fee reduction to immigrants at certain income levels. To qualify for a Request for Reduced Fee (Form I-942) your documented annual household income must be greater than 150 percent but not more than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines at the time you file.

Qualifying applicants receive a $320 discount on the N-400 application fee, paying only $405 (including biometrics) to file the naturalization application. The standard fee for the N-400 application is $725 including biometrics.

To request a fee reduction, file Form I-942, Request for Reduced Fee with your N-400 naturalization application. Note that this is a different process than the Fee Waiver Request (Form I-912). To qualify for a complete waiver of fees, your income must be below 150 percent of the HHS poverty guidelines.

 

For the 48 Contiguous States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands:
Household Size150% of HHS Poverty Guidelines*200% of HHS Poverty Guidelines*
1$18,090$24,120
2$24,360$32,480
3$30,630$40,840
4$36,900$49,200
5$43,170$57,560
6$49,440$65,920
7$55,710$74,280
8$61,980$82,640
8+Add $6,270 for each additional personAdd $8,360 for each additional person

 

For Alaska:For Hawaii:
Household Size150% of HHS Poverty Guidelines*200% of HHS Poverty Guidelines*Household Size150% of HHS Poverty Guidelines*200% of HHS Poverty Guidelines*
1$22,590$30,1201$20,790$27,720
2$30,435$40,5802$28,005$37,340
3$38,280$51,0403$35,220$46,960
4$46,125$61,5004$42,435$56,580
5$53,970$71,9605$49,650$66,200
6$61,815$82,4206$56,865$75,820
7$69,660$92,8807$64,080$85,440
8$77,505$103,3408$71,295$95,060
8+Add $7,845 for each additional personAdd $10,460 for each additional person8+Add $7,215 for each additional personAdd $9,620 for each additional person

*Use these poverty guidelines for Form I-942, Request for Reduced Fee, from January 26,2017 until new guidelines go into effect in 2018.