Dramatic Increase in Citizenship Application Fee-Apply Now to Beat Increase

Law student helping an immigrant apply for citizenship at Westbury public Library.

On October 2, 2020, the fee to apply for Citizenship will nearly double, from $640 to $1,170. This inexcusable increase is the latest attack by the current administration in Washington on immigrants. As an immigration lawyer with 35 years of experience, I urge anyone who is eligible to become a citizen to apply now, before the fees go up. Applications filed before October 2 will be accepted at the $640 fee level.

There are three non-profit legal service agencies on Long Island that are handling these Naturalization applications. All three charge low fees to apply. They are:

CARECEN 516-489-8330 (Hempstead and Brentwood)

Catholic Charities 631-789-5210 (Amityville and other locations)

CLA (516) 210-6763 (Garden City)

Because all three groups are receiving a large volume of calls for appointments, you should not wait until the last minute to call.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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