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Here is something done Right for a change

select-fireselect-fire Member Posts: 62,771 ✭✭✭✭
edited January 2007 in General Discussion
by the Government...


U.S. plans hike in immigration, citizenship fees 2 hours, 21 minutes ago



PHOENIX (Reuters) - Immigrants applying to become citizens or permanent residents of the United States may have to pay higher application fees, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

The fee increases, which are subject to a review process, are part of a drive by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to overhaul its strained processing system, which leaves many legal immigrants waiting months or years for a green card or naturalization as U.S. citizens.

The fee increases would provide "appropriate funding to meet customer service needs and national security requirements, and (modernize) an outdated business structure," the agency said.

Under the proposed increases, citizenship applications would cost $595, up from $330, while permanent residency applications would jump to $905 from $325.

If approved, these fees would be valid for a two-year period starting in October.

Pro-immigration lobbyists were critical of plans to boost charges, which they said won't guarantee improve service.

"With the level of service showing no signs of improvement, the announcement of yet another round of fee increases ... is dispiriting," said Douglas Rivlin, spokesman for the Washington-based National Immigration Forum lobbying group.

"The national interest is served when we facilitate the citizenship and assimilation of immigrants into fully participating members of society," he added. "This substantial fee increase moves us in the wrong direction."

Comments

  • DonldDonld Member Posts: 741 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Why do you think drastically raising the price for someone trying to do something legally is "done right?"
  • jabronij3jabronij3 Member Posts: 4,686
    edited November -1
    just more taxation without representation. this is not the way to go just makes more people avoid doing it legally
  • spryorspryor Member Posts: 9,155
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by Donld
    Why do you think drastically raising the price for someone trying to do something legally is "done right?"


    And why would someone pay extra for an application, to do what they
    can freely do anyway..? Seems to me they can already just walk in
    and be entitled to things that lifelong citizens are not.[V]
  • kristovkristov Member Posts: 6,633
    edited November -1
    Sure, slap huge fee hikes onto people who are going through the process legally while doing nothing about the root problems of illegal immigration.
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