USCIS raises immigration prices: application for naturalization will almost double in price
US Presidential Administration Donald Trump is considering increasing the cost of applications for US citizenship. Writes about this Fox Business.
The US citizenship application fee will increase to $ 1170, up from $ 640.
A number of other cost increases were proposed, as well as the addition of an 50 dollar fee for asylum applications.
According to the document, checking the fees for the two-year period established that the current fees “do not reimburse the full cost of providing judicial and naturalization services” in US Citizenship and Immigration Services. The government predicts that without increasing funding, the agency’s average annual deficit will amount to 1,2 billion.
The US Department of Homeland Security proposed adjusting US citizenship and immigration fees with a “weighted average increase of 21 percent” in addition to adding fees for some benefits requests. Immigration services in the United States are mainly funded by fees charged by applicants.
The last time the board increased at the end of the 2016 year.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) claims the department is seeking to “ease the pressure” that the growing asylum gap is exerting on the United States, writes Pix11.
The administration, according to the regulations, considers asylum fees charged by other countries. The Department of Homeland Security has determined that three countries charge “for initial asylum or refugee protection applications”: Iran, Fiji and Australia.
USCIS is primarily dependent on filing fees. The agency is required to conduct biennial reviews of fees and recommend adjustments.
“USCIS is obliged to check costs and make adjustments based on this analysis. This proposed adjustment to fees will allow more applicants to cover the cost of their applications, ”said USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli.
However, the final step in charging for asylum applications may be another issue for immigrants and refugees in the United States. Many Central American migrants detained at the US-Mexico border over the past year have sought refuge. The Trump administration has introduced a series of innovations aimed at sharply restricting who is entitled to asylum in the United States.
The fee for renewing the right to reside in the United States under the DACA program, which protects immigrants who have arrived illegally in the United States as children, is also increasing.
In order to find out how much you can pay for various services, you can use the special calculator on the USCIS website.
The document will be officially published in the Federal Register of 14 on November 2019 of the year, from that moment it will be open for comment for 30 days, after which it will enter into force.
The full text of the document can be viewed here.
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