Immigration Fees to Increase Dramatically

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – Under a new proposal issued by the Trump Administration, the USCIS aims to substantially increase immigration application fees, including Naturalization fees by more than 60 percent and Green Card fees by some 56 percent.For example, the USCIS fee to apply for U.S. Citizenship would increase from the current $725 fee to $1,170 and Residency filing fees to adjust status inside the U.S. will go from $1,760 to $2,750, allowing the USCIS to charge immigrants a separate fee of $490 for the work permit and an additional $585 for the travel permit.Both fees are currently included in the residency application fee. Other fee increases include those for DACA applications under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which would rise from $495 to $765.The Department of Homeland Security published the fees increase notice in the Federal Register on November 14, 2019, leaving a short 30-day public period for comment, which is only half the normal 60 days given, ending on December 16, 2019.The new fees could go into effect at any time after that date. Unlike most government agencies, the USCIS is a fee-funded agency, which means that the costs for much of its services are funded by filing fees. According to revised calculation methods used by the acting director of USCIS Ken Cuccinelli, current fee levels would result in the agency being underfunded by approximately $1.3 billion per year. The last USCIS fee increase was in 2016, with only modest increases, when historically, fees for processing immigration applications have drastically increased over the years. For instance, in 1985, the application fee to apply for Naturalization was only $35, compared with the new proposed fee of $1,170!Critics say that the substantial proposed fees increases are just a way for the Trump administration to further restrict legal immigration, to get around long-standing immigration laws passed by Congress.The administration’s recent efforts to institute the “public charge rule” and health insurance requirements for immigrants have been temporarily defeated in the Federal courts, but that will likely not stop the administration from devising alternative methods to reduce legal immigration.The fee increase comes just as deadlines loom for many Green Card holders to apply for Citizenship in order to vote in the 2020 Presidential election. Once the increased fees go into effect, there is no doubt that many immigrants will no longer be able to afford to file immigration applications and fewer Residents (green card holders) will become citizens, which may, in fact, be the ultimate political objective.Likely the best gift a family member can give this holiday season is the gift of the Naturalization filing fee of $725 before the increase goes into effect!!last_img read more


Chinese basketball probes ‘racial abuse’ of former NBA player

first_imgChinese basketball officials were investigating on Wednesday after reports that former Houston Rockets player Aaron Jackson was racially abused by opposition fans.The 32-year-old American guard is said to have been targeted during the Beijing Ducks’ 117-103 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) playoff victory at the Shanghai Sharks on Tuesday evening.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Broadcast footage of the game showed an agitated Jackson being ushered along the sidelines of the court by a Ducks team-mate and an official instructing the crowd to sit down.A reporter at the game posted on social media that a fan near the Beijing bench shouted a racial slur at Jackson, who had a stint last year with the NBA’s Houston Rockets but has spent most of his career overseas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We are investigating. The spectators did say something to Jackson, but we have to ascertain what was said,” a CBA spokesman told AFP.The Sharks, where Yao Ming made his name before starring in the NBA, said they were unaware of any incident and had not received a complaint from the visiting Ducks. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying It is second time in three months that Sharks fans have created unwanted headlines.In December, supporters taunted their Nanjing opponents with a death chant on the anniversary of the 1937 massacre of Nanjing, triggering outrage and an investigation.With the match going to the wire, home Shanghai supporters were accused of shouting: “Why didn’t the Nanjing massacre kill your team?”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:40Trending Articles02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ONE: Danny Kingad still confident even against Pancrase flyweight champ View commentslast_img read more