Deadline to comment: Dec 16th
Naturalization, Adjustment of Status, Asylum and DACA application fees could skyrocket.
About the proposed rule:
On Nov. 14, 2019, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, published a proposed rule that would drastically raise the costs of vital immigration benefits while simultaneously reducing access to immigrant benefits for low-income and vulnerable immigrants.
Among USCIS' proposals is the administration's latest plans to make the American Dream out of reach for many immigrant families. Specifically, the administration has proposed an 83 percent increase to the naturalization application fee - raising it from $640 to a staggering $1,170!
At the same time that the administration is seeking historic increases in the fee for naturalization and other benefits, it is planning to completely cut-off access to immigration and naturalization for certain people by eliminating well-established fee waivers. These waivers allow qualifying, low-income and vulnerable people to maintain their immigration status or take the next step to become a permanent resident or citizen. Terminating this program will put people at risk of potentially losing their documents and becoming vulnerable to deportation.
The proposed rule would also increase application fees for lawful permanent residency, DACA, certain asylum claims, and several other applications. It would also transfer $207 million from USCIS to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for enforcement purposes.
If these rules were put into place, it would be nearly impossible for low and working-class immigrants to apply for naturalization, preventing them from becoming fully integrated and participating members of our society.
Right now, we have the opportunity to speak out by submitting a public comment. Learn more below and make your voice heard today!
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