Saturday, August 1, 2020
Facing a budget shortfall and possible furloughs, the Department of Homeland Security announced a final rule (PDF) that adjusts fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefit requests to ensure U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recovers its costs of services. According to DHS, fees collected and deposited into the Immigration Examinations Fee Account fund nearly 97% of USCIS’ budget.
CNN summarizes the USCIS fee increases as follows:
"The Trump administration is dramatically increasing fees for dozens of immigration and work applications, including a more than 80 percent increase on naturalization applications and a first-time fee for asylum applicants. . . .