Credit Card Payments Now Accepted for Citizenship Fees
Immigrants wishing to become American citizens now have a new way to pay for their naturalization process.
The Obama administration announced several steps aimed at encouraging more people to become U.S. citizens, including the acceptance of credit card payments.
On Saturday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began “accepting and processing credit card payments for the naturalization application and biometrics fee.” Until that time, the fees were all paid through check or money order.
Currently, the filing fee for US citizenship is $595, and the biometric fee is $85. Other charges may apply depending on the nature of the application.
The USCIS created a page on the organization’s website explaining how to pay the N-400 application fee with a credit card. This process includes completing a credit card authorization form to attach to the application form. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are all acceptable forms of payment, as well as prepaid cards carrying those issuers’ logos. N-400 is the only form that can be paid with the new credit card system (G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transaction).
This new payment option is part of the Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Campaign launched by the USCIS in July to increase awareness about the rights, responsibilities and importance of U.S. citizenship, and provide information on the naturalization process.