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USCIS Proposes Huge Application Fee Increase

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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.

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