Update: Comments accepted until Dec. 30

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed a rule that would disproportionately increase the costs of immigration for low-income immigrants and their families. Some of the changes that would most impact these families are:

  • Increase in DACA renewal fee
  • Increase in fees related to permanent residence
  • Increase in naturalization fee
  • Significant reduction in fee waivers
  • Imposing a fee to apply for affirmative asylum

USCIS also intends to transfer funds that were paid to USCIS by applicants to ICE for enforcement purposes.

Oppose wealth test on American citizenship

USCIS has proposed an 83% increase to the naturalization application fee – raising it from $640 to $1,170. It has also proposed to eliminate well-established fee waivers for qualifying, low-income and vulnerable people.

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Oppose a fee for asylum

USCIS has proposed a new $50 fee to seek asylum. If implemented, the U.S. would become only the fourth nation in the world to charge people who are fleeing for their lives, seeking asylum.

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