USCIS Moves To Hike Immigration Application Fees

Law360 (May 28, 2020, 5:09 PM EDT) -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent its plans to hike immigration application fees and charge for asylum requests to the White House on Wednesday, paving the way for the higher fees to soon take effect during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agency, which has now finalized the rule, had proposed a 21% average increase in application fees across the board while floating the first-ever fee to apply for asylum in the U.S., according to an online posting by the federal government's budget office.

If published as initially proposed, the rule could nearly double citizenship application fees, from $640 to $1,170, while slapping...

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