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Monday, June 14, 2010

Immigration to Increase Fees

     The Citizenship and Immigration Service will increase the fees for applications and benefits shortly.  Although it is only a proposal at this time -- click here to read more -- such "proposals" seldom fail to become realities.
    The price to apply for a green card — given to foreigners to live and work in the U.S. permanently — would go from $930 to $985. The cost to replace a lost green card would go from $290 to $365. And an application to become a temporary resident would rise $420 to $1,130.
     Fortunately, the fee to become a U.S. citizen may not increase.  It is currently $595.  The right to become a citizen was given special consideration by the Citizenship and Immigration Service.
     In 2007, when the naturalization fees increased the last time, the number of filed applications increased dramatically just before the increase went into effect.  Since then, however, in part due to the poor economy and the higher fees, the number of filed naturalization applications has declined.  See New York Times story on this issue here.

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