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The costs of crossing the Mexican border legally

On Behalf of | Nov 12, 2021 | Immigration |

Residents and families of Woodland Park and other areas of New Jersey may want to learn more about legal immigration and crossing into the U.S. from Mexico. People often ask how much it costs to become a U.S. citizen.

The current cost of becoming a U.S. citizen is $725; this is through the naturalization process. Applicants over the age of 75 years do not pay some of the fees. It’s important to note that fees do not include any costs you might have in hiring someone to help you complete the application.

What is the N-400 application fee?

Under immigration law, becoming a citizen requires the N-400 application along with payment. One cost is for the application, and the other is for biometric services. The N-400 application fee is currently $640.

What is the biometric services fee?

This fee is for fingerprints and other physical characteristics that identify you. This fee is currently $85.

What are the exceptions?

People over the age of 75 do not pay the biometric fee, so they would pay $640 for an application. Others who apply on the basis of military service do not have to pay any filing fees.

Can you submit the fees together?

Yes, you make checks and money orders to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Payment must come from a U.S. bank and must be in U.S. currency. You should clip the payment to your application.

Payment with a credit or debit card is acceptable. You must submit Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, with your application. The transaction should be a single payment for all fees, and you must clip Form G-1450 to your application.

Costs of not becoming a citizen are more

Renewing a green card every 10 years at a cost of $540 or replacing a lost one is more than the cost of citizenship over time. Over your lifetime, it can be very expensive.

Legally crossing the Mexican border and becoming a citizen involves paying application fees. However, not becoming a citizen may be even more costly if you plan to spend your lifetime in the United States.