White House to Increase Immigration Costs, Impose Asylum Fee

Headline Roundup August 2nd, 2020

On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security said it would increase fees for dozens of immigration and work applications, including an 81 percent increase on naturalization applications and a first-time fee for asylum applicants. The fee to claim asylum from within the U.S. is now $50, and the online naturalization applications increased from $640 to $1,160. According to the DHS statement, the naturalization fee will represent the full cost to process the application and a proportional share of overhead costs. The $275 renewal fee for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was removed, however. The changes will take effect October 2.

Coverage from all sides of the political spectrum highlighted the US Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) budget deficit and the fact that they receive most of their funding from fee collection.

White House to Increase Immigration Costs, Impose Asylum Fee

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(CNN) - The Trump administration is dramatically increasing fees for dozens of immigration and work applications, including a more than 80 percent increase on naturalization applications and a first-time fee for asylum applicants.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency responsible for the country's immigration and naturalization system, updated and finalized its fee structure after a nearly nine month review.
The agency increased the cost of online naturalization applications from $640 to $1,160. The naturalization fee will represent the full cost to process the application, the agency says, plus...

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From the Right
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The Trump administration announced Friday that it is increasing immigration fees -- with those seeking citizenship facing a hike of more than 80 percent, while asylum seekers will face a charge for their claim.

The rule, first proposed last year and published in the federal register Friday, increases the application for citizenship fee by 81 percent to $1,160 among a number of fee increases for immigration applications.

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The Department of Homeland Security said it would increase the fee to apply for U.S. citizenship by 81% to $1,160 and impose a fee for the first time to apply for asylum, according to a filing in the Federal Register on Friday.

The fee increases, proposed last year, come as the government agency that handles applications faces a budget shortfall and are the latest in a string of rule changes making it tougher for low-income people to immigrate legally or become U.S. citizens.

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