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



USCIS Announces Changes to Application for Naturalization

On February 4, 2014, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced changes to the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization (citizenship). The form has doubled in length and is now 21 pages. The increase in length is due, in part, to additional questions related to determinations about good moral character and national security. 

Beginning on May 5, 2014, USCIS will only accept the new (09/13/2013) edition of the Form N-400. It is anticipated that these changes will make it more challenging for applicants and those who help applicants with naturalization. 

For a permanent resident thinking about becoming a citizen – now may be a good time to get started and avoid having to deal with the longer form. If you have any questions about the process of naturalization or need assistance in completing the application, please feel free to call and schedule an appointment by calling the office at 616-233-9300.

First Child Naturalized Overseas

Martin Miles Ulsano, age 7, the child of a member of the U.S. Navy, today recited the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony held here in the Chapel of Hope. In doing so, he became the newest citizen of the United States, and the first child naturalized overseas.

Martin, who was born and raised in Japan, is the son of Eugeline and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Caesar Ulsano. Caesar, who is originally from the Philippines, became a naturalized citizen in 2004 in Hawaii. 

“The successful first naturalization of a child overseas reflects the exemplary work of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees in Korea and the military unit at our Nebraska Service Center,” said Mike Aytes, USCIS Acting Deputy Director. This also reflects the great teamwork between USCIS’ domestic and international operations divisions.

James Zumwalt, the Charge D’Affaires from the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, delivered the keynote speech.  Kenneth Sherman, Director of USCIS’ field office in Seoul, Korea, presided over the ceremony and administered the Oath of Allegiance to Ulsano and the 62 active duty service members and nine military spouses stationed in the Pacific, who also became new citizens. 

The new citizens come from diverse backgrounds, hailing from China, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, France, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, Philippines, Romania, and Vietnam. 

The National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2008 permits children of U.S service members to receive their citizenship overseas where their parent is stationed even though the child may never have been in the United States.  Previous immigration law required these children to be physically present within the United States to naturalize. 

If you have a question about naturalization or any aspect of immigration, call me at 616-233-9300 to schedule an appointment.


USCIS Revises Direct Mail Program for the Application for Naturalization

The USCIS announced recently that it is revising the Direct Mail Program for the Application for Naturalization (Form N-400). The revision is effective January 22, 2009. The notice advises the public to file non-military N-400’s with the appropriate Lockbox and provides a 30-day transition period after the effective date for the USCIS service centers to forward N-400 applications to the appropriate Lockbox location.

Therefore, effective January 22, 2009, for anyone residing in Michigan, you should mail your N-400 application to:

USCIS Lockbox Facility
US Citizenship and Immigration Services
PO Box 21251
Phoenix, AZ  85036

If you are mailing your N-400 by courier or express mail:

USCIS, Attn: N-400
1820 Skyharbor Circle S.  Floor 1
Phoenix, AZ  85036

Military applicants should continue to file their N-400 cases with the Nebraska Service Center. The Nebraska Service Center will also accept and process N-400’s filed by spouses of military members.

If you have questions about applying for naturalization or any question regarding immigration, call me at 616-233-9300 or email me at

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