Trump administration proposes 83-percent increase in cost to become US citizen

Source:Xinhua Published: 2019/11/15 13:25:28

US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on Oct. 25, 2019. (Photo by Ting Shen/Xinhua)

The Trump administration on Thursday officially proposed an 83-percent increase in cost to become a US citizen, claiming that "current fees do not recover the full costs of providing adjudication and naturalization services."

"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)," said a DHS statement.

The citizenship application fee would soar from 640 US dollars to 1,170 dollars while fees associated with legal permanent residency will go up by 79 percent to 2,195 dollars, according to an ABC News report.

The proposed rule also outlines a series of other kinds of fee increases that impact immigration-related applications by asylum-seekers, Temporary Protected Status beneficiaries, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and legal permanent residents, said the report.

The Trump administration also seeks to divert 207.6 million dollars of USCIS funding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said the report.

The proposal now enters a public comment period that's expected to end on Dec. 16, then USCIS is legally obligated to consider comments before the new rule can take effect, according to the National Partnership for New Americans, a network of immigrant advocacy organizations.

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