The immigration process in California is complex and multifaceted. Immigrants have to cross several hurdles to become permanent residents and, eventually, citizens. The process is both complex and expensive. Anyone interested in going through the process needs to be familiar with all associated fees and regulations before attempting to immigrate.
The DS-260 is the most common form associated with immigration and naturalization. It is required for a person to receive their so-called green card. The green card ensures that they are able to permanently live and work in the United States. In order to obtain this card, also known as a Permanent Resident Card, an applicant has to fill out a long form detailing their qualifications, identity, and work history. They also have to pay a $325 filing fee if they are outside the United States and an $1140 fee if they are inside the country.
Even after meeting these qualifications, there is still a considerably long backlog for these applicants at the immigration office. Several additional forms that can aid immigrants are free. But many associated forms, such as the Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence form, also cost extra money. These forms have to be filled out and paid for even if a person is eventually denied.
There is also the citizenship application. This application allows permanent residents to receive the extra protections of the law associated with citizenship. In order to qualify, applicants must fill out Form N-600, the Application for Certificate of Citizenship.
Applicants must also pay an $1170 fee. This fee is on top of their earlier green card fee. New citizens must meet a number of qualifications including job requirements and a citizenship test. After all of these steps have been taken, an individual is fully nationalized and receives the benefits that other United States citizens receive.