On July 31, the Department of Homeland Security announced a final rule on the USCIS fee schedule. The rule adjusts the fees that USCIS charges for certain immigration and naturalization benefit requests. The rule becomes effective Oct. 2, 2020.
This final rule also encourages online filing by providing a $10 reduction in the fee for applicants who submit forms online that are electronically available from USCIS.
According to USCIS, once the new rule becomes effective on Oct. 2, 2020, the online filing fee for the N-400 Application for Naturalization will cost $1,160. A paper filing of the N-400 Application for Naturalization will cost $1,170.
For more information, please go to the USCIS news release here: https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-adjusts-fees-to-help-meet-operational-needs
The Pollard Memorial Library’s Citizenship Program offers many new resources to help you on the path to naturalization:
- Informational appointments are available to discuss the general citizenship process and how best to prepare for the citizenship test. (Please note: No legal advice is given or offered at appointments.)
- Free 10-week citizenship preparation courses
- Free one-on-one Citizenship Interview Practice sessions
- The Citizenship Corner, located in the Reference Room on the Second Floor of the library, has U.S. citizenship test preparation materials, including books, flashcards, and DVDs. These materials are all available for check out, thanks to funding from the Pollard Memorial Library Foundation And don’t forget the helpful web links that can be found below.
For more information on the Citizenship Program or to make an appointment, please call Gail at 978-918-3519.
10-week Citizenship Preparation Courses
2020 Citizenship Class Schedule coming soon.
Class information to be announced.
Please note: To be eligible to take the Citizenship Preparation Course, students should be able to answer “yes” to the following questions:
- Have you been a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder) of the U.S. for at least 5 years (3 years if married to a U.S. citizen)?
- Are you able to read, write, and speak intermediate English?
- Will you be able to attend all classes during the 10-week citizenship course?
If you are interested in registering for an upcoming citizenship class or for more information, please call Gail at 978-918-3519. (Please leave a message if she is unavailable.) You can also email Gail at email@example.com.
Becoming a U.S. Citizen: Helpful Resources from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):
• Learn about Naturalization/General Eligibility Requirements
• Apply for Citizenship
• Exceptions and Accommodations (to the naturalization requirements)
• Information on Filing a Fee Waiver
• Information on Filing a Reduced Fee Request
Preparing and Practicing for the Citizenship Test:
•USCIS: Civics Tools Study Tools Mobile App (USCIS)
What’s on the Test? (USCIS)
• Study Materials for the English Test (USCIS)
• Study Materials for the Civics Test (USCIS)
• Civics Practice Test (USCIS)
• Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship (Smithsonian National Museum of American History/USCIS)
•LearningExpress Library (Pollard Library Electronic Resource)
Select “Adult Learning Center,” then select “Become a U.S. Citizen.” This interactive tutorial consists of the 100 Civics questions
Other Helpful Web Resources:
• Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government
• El Civics for ESL Students
• U.S. Presidents of the United States/Our Government