The Illinois Coalition for Immigration and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is lauding the Obama administration's decision today to hold the line on the cost of applying for citizenship at $675. ICIRR fought the Bush administration vigorously for hiking those fees, including a $275 increase in 2007. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will raise the cost of filing residency petitions for foreign skilled workers and foreign entrepreneurs.
From an ICIRR press release today:
morning US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced its
proposed new schedule for citizenship and other application fees. The
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is
delighted to see that USCIS will not be increasing the total cost for
citizenship, which now stands at $675—already more than three weeks pay
for a minimum wage worker.
is clear that USCIS and the Obama Administration have heard the
concerns raised by ICIRR and immigrant communities across the country
about the escalating cost of citizenship.