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  • how much money did it cost you to become a US citizen? (from start to finish)

    I was just looking back at all the documents and other stuff from
    the very beginning...

    At the very beginning, there was the fee paid for appying for the
    immigrant visa(greencard), hospital fees(required medical exam),
    notary fees(to get documents translated and notarized), photos,
    and a bunch of other official required fees/charges.... (can't remember
    how much in total, but must be well over USD$1000)

    Fast forward 5 years... I filed for naturalization... so there's the
    $400 N-400 application fee, cost for new photos, etc....

    So I'm guessing almost $1500+.... Is it about the same for
    everybody? (from applying for greencard to finally becoming
    a citizen)
    Last edited by Ned50; 2nd May 2008, 08:06 PM.

  • #2
    $400 for the application + $12 for photos + $116 for Passport....becoming a U.S. Citizen, Priceless
    DO : Santa Ana
    • 07/23/2007 Priority Date
    • 12/14/2007 FP Done on scheduled date
    • 03/05/2008 Interview Date(PASSED)
    • 04/30/2008 U.S.Citizen!!!!
    • 05/02/2008 Passport applied *Regular Postage*
    • 05/13/2008 Passport received w/ U.S. Certificate

    Total of 9 months for my citizenship process PD to Oath

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    • #3
      Originally posted by xenogear View Post
      $400 for the application + $12 for photos + $116 for Passport....becoming a U.S. Citizen, Priceless
      Priceless indeed!

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      • #4
        I don't remember how much my parents paid for the GC processing, as this was years ago, but as far as the N-400 itself goes, I'd say I'm up to somewhere between $850-$900 by now. This includes the fees for obtaining various paperwork and various miscellaneous expenses.

        Oh yeah, I also had to renew my GC once, which was $185 at the time.
        USC as of 09/09/08

        I am not an lawyer. My advice is based purely on personal experience. For legal advice, please consult an immigration attorney.

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        • #5
          A LOT !!!!!!!!

          Well let's start off with GC ... I was pregnant during the process so they were only able to start of with partial medical exam. Then you have to say the US Embassy was about 3 hours away from where we lived and it was required to have the medical exam done by the recommended doctor that the US Embassy has chosen. So after my son was born I had to go back again and again and again because in order to get the immunizations I had to take a pregnancy test before. Well since I had just given birth it came back positive and they wouldn't give me the immunizations OR the x-ray. So with traveling 3 hours there and 3 hours back, the fees, the doctor fees, the gas money and just little things that go with it about 3 Grand probably.

          I would say for Citizenship ... about 800. You have to say 400 for the fee and then the rest is gas money and other little things since it was a 4 hour roundtrip several times to either one place or another.

          At the end though ... paying almost 4 Grand for the right to call myself an american I have to agree with xeno and ned ... PRICELESS
          NCS
          KC DO


          09-25-06 N-400 Sent
          09-27-06 N-400 Rec'd
          10-20-06 Rec'd N-400 back
          10-20-06 Re-Sent N-400
          10-24-06 N-400 #2 Rec'd
          10-24-06 PD
          10-26-06 CC
          11-03-06 NOA
          11-06-06 FPN
          11-14-06 FP
          03-27-07 IF - PNC
          08-30-07 IN
          11-01-07 Interview/N-652 Rec'd
          11-26-07 2nd FPN
          12-07-07 2nd FP
          01-08-07 Inquiry filed
          01-12-08 Rec'd Response - Case is being reviewed
          01-18-08 Called IO. Said I'm in queue.
          02-08-08 OL N-445
          03-03-08 Became Proud American

          427 Days total !

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          • #6
            I have to agree that price is DEFINITELY not the objective, especially when you get to reap the greatest reward imaginable..NEVER HAVING TO DEAL WITH USCIS AGAIN!
            USC as of 09/09/08

            I am not an lawyer. My advice is based purely on personal experience. For legal advice, please consult an immigration attorney.

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            • #7
              I saw a late night infomercial infomercial offering US citizenship for $19.99 plus shipping and handling ..operators are standing by..
              Sent N-400 7/28/07
              PD 7/27/07
              Check cashed 12/5/07
              NOA 12/7/07
              FP notice 1/4/08 (received 1/10/08 )
              FP Date 1/30/08 (walk in done on 1/26/08 Charlotte)
              IL: 6/10/08
              ID: 8/28/08 (Durham DO) Passed!
              OL: 9/23/08
              OD: 10/06/08
              PP: 10/21/08 (applied)
              PP: 11/1/08 (received)
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bobsmyth View Post
                I saw a late night infomercial infomercial offering US citizenship for $19.99 plus shipping and handling ..operators are standing by..
                LOL @ Bobdmyth. Do we get the option of rush delivery? Or is it the standard 300-500 days delivery/processing time frame?

                I'm around the $3000 mark myself, but that includes everything: green card process, travel documents, pictures, I-130, and n-300 process.

                Aside from it being priceless, if you factor the number of years I've been in this country it amounts to very little per annum. So the cost is far less than other things when looked at from this perspective.
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                • #9
                  okay here's the tab and I am probably forgetting some stuff but here is most of it:
                  passport pics twice: $ 20
                  n-400 fee incl biometrics : $ 675
                  gas money to drive up to fingerprinting office: $ 35
                  gas/hotel/food to go all the way to Atlanta for interview and oath: $ 200
                  new driver's license :$ 10
                  passport with expedited service: $ 190

                  total cost: $ 1130
                  finally being Citizen of the United States of America: PRICELESS

                  01/02/08 N-400 sent to TSC/DO Atlanta
                  01/04/08 N-400 received by TSC
                  01/08/08 Check Cashed
                  01/17/08 NOA received
                  01/04/08 PD
                  01/24/08 FP letter received
                  02/06/08 FP appointment/FP done
                  03/10/08 IL letter received
                  04/19/08 Interview at ATL/DO
                  04/19/08 Oath at Atlanta DO
                  04/21/08 Passport applied for ( expedited processing )
                  04/30/08 Passport and Natz Certificate received
                  Status: Proud American!!
                  Total Days: 120

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                  • #10
                    Sorry only the standard "delivery/processing time frame is available". ANd if you happen to get stuck in the name check, add about 1200 days to that (maybe more).
                    THe cost is not a bigdeal for me either, getting to be a US citizen is priceless. Having not deal with the USCIS again calls for extra celebration.

                    Originally posted by LolaLi View Post
                    LOL @ Bobdmyth. Do we get the option of rush delivery? Or is it the standard 300-500 days delivery/processing time frame?

                    I'm around the $3000 mark myself, but that includes everything: green card process, travel documents, pictures, I-130, and n-300 process.

                    Aside from it being priceless, if you factor the number of years I've been in this country it amounts to very little per annum. So the cost is far less than other things when looked at from this perspective.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by LolaLi View Post
                      LOL @ Bobdmyth. Do we get the option of rush delivery? Or is it the standard 300-500 days delivery/processing time frame?

                      .
                      Dang..only now did I see the small print:

                      "Shipping costs and delivery times may vary"
                      Sent N-400 7/28/07
                      PD 7/27/07
                      Check cashed 12/5/07
                      NOA 12/7/07
                      FP notice 1/4/08 (received 1/10/08 )
                      FP Date 1/30/08 (walk in done on 1/26/08 Charlotte)
                      IL: 6/10/08
                      ID: 8/28/08 (Durham DO) Passed!
                      OL: 9/23/08
                      OD: 10/06/08
                      PP: 10/21/08 (applied)
                      PP: 11/1/08 (received)
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                      • #12
                        Well as of this moment I am not done yet, so I don t exactly know how much it will really cost,
                        but considering N400 costs $400 in fees.
                        Then lets just hope they won't change its name to N5000
                        DO: PA

                        02/14/12: N-400 mailed to Texas
                        02/16/12: N-400 priority date
                        02/17/12: Check cashed
                        02/19/12: NOA recvd
                        02/22/12: FP notice mailed
                        02/25/12: FP notice recvd
                        03/12/12: FP Date
                        02/29/12: FP done
                        03/12/12: Online Status changed to "Testing and Interview"
                        03/13/12: IL mailed
                        03/17/12: IL recvd
                        xx/xx/xx: YL
                        04/19/12: Interview
                        xx/xx/xx: Oath
                        xx/xx/xx: PP application
                        xx/xx/xx: PP received

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                        • #13
                          So far it has cost be about $100... Thank goodness cause I am broke as hell....
                          (Charlotte)
                          03/01/08 : Mailed N400 to NSC
                          03/03/08 : N400 Delivered
                          03/12/08 : N400 Returned
                          03/13/08 : N400 Mailed to NSC AGAIN!
                          03/17/08 : N400 Delivered AGAIN!!
                          04/14/08 : Part of N400 Returned
                          04/21/08 : NOA Recieved
                          04/25/08 : FP Date
                          07/11/08 : Call Raleigh DO
                          07/18/08 : Interview @ 9:40am
                          08/21/08 : Oath Letter Mailed to wrong Address
                          09/05/08 : Oath Date (Missed)
                          09/22/08: Recieved Oath Letter
                          10/02/08: Oath Date

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by synn_r View Post
                            So far it has cost be about $100... Thank goodness cause I am broke as hell....

                            only $100 for N-400? Did you get a special USCIS coupon or something?

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                            • #15
                              In my case it was pricy verses priceless!!! $9,000 GC and Citizenship included. Now I have to see if anybody in this forum can beat that!

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                              • #16
                                all this money and time spent will be worth it as soon as I get my citizenship ... that I know for sure.
                                FP Done- Nov 11, 2006
                                Infopass1- June 2007
                                Infopass2 - Feb 2008
                                FOIPA Filed - March 8th, 2008
                                FOIPA Response - 03/27/08
                                Letters - 15 letters sent to various govt
                                rep (laura bush, dick cheney, muller...) March 22 2008
                                Hair Lost - 38.43%
                                Recv response from Cheney's and others Alril 4 2008
                                Recvd letter from FBI stating that NC rsults forwarded to USCIS HQ - May 24 08
                                2nd FP - 6/12/08
                                07/28/08 Interviw & Oath Hence Citizen!
                                Applied for Passport on 08/06/08 Rcvd 08/14/08

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                                • #17
                                  only $100 for N-400? Did you get a special USCIS coupon or something?
                                  OMG this just made me spit my coffee out because I had to laugh so hard.

                                  A $100 I don't understand myself either
                                  NCS
                                  KC DO


                                  09-25-06 N-400 Sent
                                  09-27-06 N-400 Rec'd
                                  10-20-06 Rec'd N-400 back
                                  10-20-06 Re-Sent N-400
                                  10-24-06 N-400 #2 Rec'd
                                  10-24-06 PD
                                  10-26-06 CC
                                  11-03-06 NOA
                                  11-06-06 FPN
                                  11-14-06 FP
                                  03-27-07 IF - PNC
                                  08-30-07 IN
                                  11-01-07 Interview/N-652 Rec'd
                                  11-26-07 2nd FPN
                                  12-07-07 2nd FP
                                  01-08-07 Inquiry filed
                                  01-12-08 Rec'd Response - Case is being reviewed
                                  01-18-08 Called IO. Said I'm in queue.
                                  02-08-08 OL N-445
                                  03-03-08 Became Proud American

                                  427 Days total !

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                                  • #18
                                    Guys/gals:

                                    synn_r is an active member of the military. That should answer everyone's question.
                                    USC as of 09/09/08

                                    I am not an lawyer. My advice is based purely on personal experience. For legal advice, please consult an immigration attorney.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Vorpal View Post
                                      Guys/gals:

                                      synn_r is an active member of the military. That should answer everyone's question.
                                      No wonder she is broke.
                                      Last edited by GhantaBro; 5th May 2008, 11:20 AM. Reason: he to she
                                      FP Done- Nov 11, 2006
                                      Infopass1- June 2007
                                      Infopass2 - Feb 2008
                                      FOIPA Filed - March 8th, 2008
                                      FOIPA Response - 03/27/08
                                      Letters - 15 letters sent to various govt
                                      rep (laura bush, dick cheney, muller...) March 22 2008
                                      Hair Lost - 38.43%
                                      Recv response from Cheney's and others Alril 4 2008
                                      Recvd letter from FBI stating that NC rsults forwarded to USCIS HQ - May 24 08
                                      2nd FP - 6/12/08
                                      07/28/08 Interviw & Oath Hence Citizen!
                                      Applied for Passport on 08/06/08 Rcvd 08/14/08

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by GhantaBro View Post
                                        No wonder he is broke.
                                        SHE.
                                        USC as of 09/09/08

                                        I am not an lawyer. My advice is based purely on personal experience. For legal advice, please consult an immigration attorney.

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