The cost to become a U.S. citizen is rising 61 percent

 

Source: Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post

The Department of Homeland Security wants to increase the application fee to $1,170, according to a notice to be published tomorrow in the Federal Register, and end a program that secures reduced fees for low-income applicants. The agency also wants to impose a fee, for the first time, on some asylum seekers; only Fiji, Australia and Iran do that now.

In real terms, the proposed changes would make the citizenship application fee equivalent of nearly 2 percent of the median household income — or about one week’s pay for the typical American household — its highest level on record.

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