In a huge and largely unexpected development, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will no longer charge a filing fee for adult intercountry adoptees who acquired citizenship while under the age of 18 but still need to obtain a Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-600).
The fee exemption will save intercountry adoptees thousands of dollars and will remove what is the largest barrier for many adoptees who need to secure proof of US citizenship.
Currently, the filing fee for Form N-600 is $1,170.00, and it will increase to $1,335.00 on April 1, 2024. Under the new rules that also go into effect on that date, however, adult intercountry adoptees who apply for a Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-600) will not be charged a fee. They will pay $0.00 to file form N-600, which can also be filed online.
It’s yet to be determined how the process will specifically work for adoptees or their attorneys in applying for a Certificate of Citizenship once the new rule is in place. We will provide a FAQ and other information and as soon as we learn more. At a minimum, any intercountry adoptee who needs to secure a Certificate of Citizenship should wait until the fee exemption becomes effective on April 1, unless other circumstances require filing now.
The fee exemption does not apply to the filing fee for naturalizations (Form N-400), which will decrease slightly under the new rules, from $725 to $710.