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5 Ways to Afford a Green Card Application

Apr 19, 2023

Couple applying for a green card

When applying for a green card, cost is often top of mind for most people. Filing a green card application can set you back thousands of dollars, and upcoming government fee increases mean applying for a green card is about to get a lot more expensive. Read on to learn how to keep costs down during the application process.

  1. Budget for the Application Fees

The first step in paying for a green card is to budget for the application fees, which will likely increase significantly in coming months. For instance, a marriage green card applicant applying from within the U.S. could pay more than double in fees, from $1,760 to $3,640. For more info, Boundless broke down the proposed fee changes by form. To avoid paying higher fees, it’s a good idea to get your application in sooner rather than later.

  1. Consider Getting Help With Your Application

While hiring an immigration attorney is not required to apply for a green card, it can be beneficial to have legal representation throughout the application process. An experienced attorney can help ensure that your application is completed correctly and can help you avoid costly mistakes that could lead to delays or denials. Immigration attorneys typically charge a flat fee or an hourly rate for their services, so it’s important to budget for these expenses as well. Boundless offers unlimited support from our team of immigration experts for a fraction of the cost of a traditional immigration attorney. Answer a 5-minute questionnaire and we’ll guide you through your visa options.

  1. Look for Financial Assistance Programs

If you can’t afford the application and legal fees associated with a green card application, there are several financial assistance programs available. For example, USCIS offers fee waivers for certain applicants who are unable to pay the filing fees. Additionally, some non-profit organizations and legal aid clinics offer free or low-cost legal services to people who are in need.

  1. Consider a Payment Plan

If you can’t pay the full amount of the application fees upfront, Boundless helps you pay the government costs in installments, so you can get started now and pay later. Create a free account to use our fee calculator and explore your payment options.

  1. Plan Ahead

Finally, it’s important to plan ahead when budgeting for a green card application. The application process can be lengthy and may require additional expenses, such as travel costs for interviews or translations of documents. By budgeting for these expenses, you can avoid financial stress and ensure you’re able to complete the application process without any unnecessary delays.

For more info, Boundless has put together a guide on the typical costs of a green card application.

NOTE: If affordability is a top priority for your immigration journey, Boundless’ Essential service has you covered. For just one low fee, you get your complete USCIS application package and unlimited live support from our team of immigration experts.

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