US Citizenship and Immigration Service Now Accepts Credit Cards for Naturalization Applications

In reviewing new changes to policies put out by the United States Citizenship and Naturalization Service (USCIS), I came across a story that caught my interest. In the past, many of our clients sought to file an application for naturalization; however, the $680.00 filing fee meant that some had to save the money before submitting the forms. This often led to months delaying the process. One question that constantly came up was – “Can I pay my application fee with a credit card?” Unfortunately, I had to tell the client “no”.

Well, now the answer is “yes”!

As of November 16, 2015, the USCIS stated that if you are applying for U.S. citizenship, you can now use a credit card to pay the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization fee. Most applicants must pay a $680 fee, which includes the $595 naturalization application fee plus a biometrics fee of $85.

To pay with your credit card, you must file a Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transaction. At this time, you can use the Form G-1450 only to pay for the Form N-400 filing fee. Hopefully, the USCIS will start accepting credit cards for fees associated with other forms.

If you are a lawful permanent resident and thinking about becoming a US citizen, please call my office at 616-233-9300 to set up a consultation to talk about the process of naturalization.

Robert Mirque is a Grand Rapids, Michigan lawyer specializing in immigration law. For 23 years, he has been providing creative solutions to the immigration goals of businesses and individuals. I invite you to visit me on Google+ or check out my website at Mirque Law



Finding the Right Immigration Lawyer in Grand Rapids – Part 3

This is my last installment on the topic of finding the right immigration lawyer in Grand Rapids. Part 1 dealt with some general principles of why not only having an immigration lawyer is important to giving you the best chance of success for your immigration case but also, the importance of finding the right immigration lawyer. Part 1 also gave you some things (homework) that you need to do before hiring the right immigration lawyer that greatly improves your chances of making a knowledgeable decision and having the confidence your chose the right lawyer.

Part 2 discussed the various factors in evaluating an immigration lawyer. These items are what I consider “must knows” in order for you to make the right choice. You cannot not be shy when seeking these answers. Remember, you are interviewing the lawyer for the job as much as the lawyer is interviewing your case. Do not ever hold back from asking the lawyer – your potential lawyer – a question that is important to you. No matter what the question. Part of the interview process should include your observations as to how the lawyer answers your questions. Does he seem bothered by them? Does he dismiss your question as foolish? Does the lawyer answer the question to your satisfaction? A good lawyer should welcome all questions. The lawyer should never seem bothered to answer any and all of your questions. The lawyer should answer the question completely to your satisfaction. The lawyer should ask if the answer does satisfy you. Finally, the lawyer should ask if the answer gives rise to new questions. The bottom line is that you are hiring a lawyer to help YOU. The lawyer is YOUR resource for information. If the lawyer is acting as if his job is simply fill out your forms and the less he hears from you is best — run! That lawyer is only interested in making a buck.
In Part 3, I want to wrap up and talk about the initial consultation and what to expect. Finally, I want to address the question, what do you do if you find the “right” immigration lawyer but, can’t afford him or her.

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Finding the Right Immigration Lawyer in Grand Rapids – Part 2

In Part 1 of my series on how to find the right immigration lawyer in Grand Rapids, I gave an overview of why you need to hire an immigration lawyer and some basic considerations of what a good immigration lawyer should be able to do for you. I also told you to do your homework! A client needs to have completed some basic steps before deciding on the right immigration lawyer.

In Part 2, I provide you some detailed factors to consider when choosing an immigration lawyer. This list does not cover each and every factor that could exist but, it does give you some good ideas on what you need to think about in order to make the best possible choice.
In the end, you are the customer and the customer is always right. If you remember two things as a customer, you can lower the risk of picking a lawyer that is not a good fit: 1) a knowledgeable customer rarely makes a bad choice; and 2) don’t settle for anything less than you are willing to accept.

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Finding the Right Immigration Lawyer in Grand Rapids- Part 1

There may come a time when it is necessary to seek the assistance of an immigration lawyer. As with all professions, there are many qualified, competent immigration lawyers, and some that are not. Unfortunately, there is no reliable directory to assist you in determining which ones are good and which ones are not. Over the course of the next few weeks I will provide you with some general guidelines on choosing a lawyer and also provide you with an overview of information you should be aware of when working with the lawyer and his staff.  [Read more…]


Why Do I Need an Immigration Lawyer?

An attorney is trained in understanding and applying laws and regulations. Immigration and nationality laws, regulations, and administrative procedures are extremely complex. Congress and the different federal and state agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State and Department of Labor are continually enacting and amending regulations and administrative procedures that have far reaching immigration consequences. An immigration attorney will be aware of new and amended laws, regulations, and administrative procedures, thus affording a client the best possible results with his particular case.

Even with today’s technology and access to voluminous legal and other resources via the worldwide web, one can become confused and entangled with the information and data presented requiring clarification and guidance. An experienced immigration attorney can evaluate and determine the best course of action for obtaining an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa. 

The Law Office of Robert F. Mirque, Jr. has over 18 years of experience helping people with immigration matters. If you have an immigration issue and you want legal assistance, please call me at (616) 233-9300 to schedule a free, no obligation appointment or email me at

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