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Affording Naturalization to Become a US Citizen

January 11, 2014NancyBlog
Many green card holders who are eligible to apply for citizenship hesitate to do so because they
are discouraged by the cost of naturalization. However, do not let the cost prevent you from applying! A Fee Waiver option is available to eligible applicants that could eliminate the cost of applying. You could be eligible for a Fee Waiver, if you are low-income and can prove that you are unable to pay the application fee. That is if:
  • you receive a means-test benefit from the state or federal government, such as Medicaid, food stamps, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  •  your household income is at or below 150% of the poverty level (see chart)
  •  you have a financial hardship, such as recent unemployment or high medical expense
Documents you can use to support a fee waiver request include:

Federal tax return;                          Recent pay check stubs;                                        Utility bills;
Medical receipts;                            Tuition statements;                                                 Child care or elder care receipts;
Receipts for rent or mortgage;       Documentation of unemployment benefits              Statement on legal debt;
  • An official letter showing the beneficiary, the agency granting the benefits, and the amount of the benefits (SNAP, Medicaid, TANF, SSI, etc.);
  • Statement from an employer on business letterhead that shows salary or wages paid;
To determine whether or not to grant a fee waiver, USCIS officials review every application and the supporting documents.  Each case is unique and is carefully reviewed based on your particular circumstances and the evidence that you provided. If your application is denied for any reason, USCIS will provide you with a full explanation of its decision
Find out more by contacting UAO at (312) 949-9980.

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