USCIS Proposes Huge Application Fee Increase
November 14, 2019 the Trump Administration proposed increasing the cost of applying for many types of immigration benefits. Under the new proposal, which is the latest in a series of rule changes by the government to restrict legal immigration, low-income immigrants will have difficulty affording the cost.
- The fees for citizenship would increase by more than 80%, which means, it will go from $640 to $1170
- The fees for marriage-based green cards would increase by 56%, from $1,760 to $2,750
- For the first time asylum seekers will be required to pay a filing of $50
- For the recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the fee will increase from $495 to $765 to apply for renewal of their protection, assuming DACA is still in existence when the fees take effect.
- For the first time, there will be a filing fee of $495 for asylum seeker when applying for their first work permit
Trump’s administration is attempting to use every device at its disposal to restrict immigration benefits. There is a 30 day open period for comments post the November 14th proposal. We encourage everyone who will more likely be affected by this new regulation to get his/her application in before this regulation takes effect.