Many immigration fees have gone up since President Donald Trump has taken office. Recently, one of these fees has been the naturalization application fee. The naturalization application is essentially the application that allows an individual to become a U.S. citizen.
The cost of the online application via the USCIS was raised from $640 to $1,160. Likewise, for asylum seekers, an additional fee of $50 was added to this application.
This all takes effect by October 2nd.
The USCIS is, in doing so, attempting to mitigate the damage done to the agency due to the coronavirus pandemic. USCIS offices were closed for quite some time, and in turn, they faced significant furloughs. In essence, the USCIS is attempting to raise more money for itself by making it more difficult for people to become citizens of the United States.
All this has done, however, is to make life more difficult for more people. Given the Trump administration’s already existing policies to stultify immigration at all costs, this has only added to the problem.
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