10 June 2010

US immigration to raise fees for permanent residency

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US immigration fees may increase for applications for permanent residency as the US Citizenship and Immigration agency try to make up for lost revenue.

The application for a US Immigration green card would go up $40 to $1,050, including the fingerprinting fee.

The proposed fee changes are expected to start in the summer after a public comment period.

President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), David Leopold said the cost to file for immigration should rest on the entire country and Congress needs to appropriate funds out of its general system rather than putting the entire burden on immigrants.

“The problem that you’ve got is you’ve got these fee increases but we don’t have any quality in how the decisions are made … you have some poor quality within decision making body. Even though the customers, the people, paying fee keeps getting their fees raised,” he told ABS-CBN.

 “We will let them know our concerns. Our concern is that the decision system is way off base. The government is way too quick to deny applications and that really what we ought to be doing, rather than raising fees, is raising the level of quality that immigrants get while filing applications,” said Leopold.


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