US Could Be One of Four Countries Worldwide to Charge Asylum Seekers an Application Fee
By Raquel Reichard | 24 hours ago
On Friday, the Trump administration proposed increasing fees for immigrants hoping to remain in the country — including a first-time charge for asylum seekers.
Under the proposal, there would be a $50 application fee for asylum applications and a $490 work permit fee for all asylum seekers. The new cost on those seeking refuge in the U.S. makes the country one of four nations internationally who charge people for asylum.
In addition to the new charge, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which manages immigration benefits, said there will be several hikes in already-existing petition fees.
The Hill reports that citizenship fees could spike by more than 60 percent, raising the price from $725 to $1,170.
Young people who participate in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will also be impacted. Recipients hoping to renew their status have until now paid $496 to make the request. Under the new plan, that price would go up to $765.
In addition to the fee increase, the agency will also eliminate waivers that it offered to impoverished immigrants.
The rule is the latest move from the Trump administration to restrict pathways to citizenship for immigrants already living in the country and those seeking asylum.
immigration. Monday, November 11, 2019 at 2:39 PM EST
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