In the wake of a major development in the United States, the Trump administration announced Friday (July 31) that it would raise U.S. immigration fees that would require asylum seekers to pay fees for the first time. This will increase the application fee for naturalization by more than 60 percent.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is responsible for the country’s immigration and naturalization system, said in a statement that the new fee structure is expected to take effect by October 2.
Online naturalization applications have now been raised from 40 4,040 to ১ 1,160, with a ৫০ 50 fee for asylum seekers, according to a CNN report.
According to the Migration Policy Institute, asylum seekers around the world are not paid the application fee. With this specific announcement, the United States is now the fourth country after Australia, Fiji and Iran to impose refugee fees.
The decision came after USCIS services said the novel caused a budget deficit due to the coronavirus epidemic and caused a public outcry.
Trump is working on ‘a big immigration bill’
Trump, on the other hand, said his administration was treating him as ‘a big immigration bill’.
Speaking to reporters at the White House on Friday ahead of a visit to Florida, Trump said the bill would be “merit-based,” Xinhua news agency reported.
Also, he said the administration is working with representatives of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that allows unregistered immigrants to allow children to live and work legally in the country.
Trump made the remarks just days after his administration announced it was reviewing the so-called review and said it would reject the new application.
The call, made through an administrative memo by the former Barack Obama administration, granted recipients a two-year moratorium on prior deportation and made them eligible for work permits, driver’s licenses and health insurance.
Decker recipients estimated at about 700,000 are commonly called “dreamers”.
Trump, who canceled the program as a key part of his radical immigration policy, first announced his intention to withdraw the DACA in September 2017.
During the coronavirus epidemic, Trump has activated measures to limit immigration.
Critics have argued that he is using the epidemic to promote his political agenda and to appeal to his constituents as the November election approaches.
(With IANS input)