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Immigration Applicants Facing Big Fee Increases

HICKORY, N.C. Applicants for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services could see their application fees increase by more than 100% as soon as May. USCIS says the increase is needed to fix a backlog of pending cases. Walter Hernandez moved to North Carolina from El Salvador. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen four years ago, and now he is working to apply for legal status for his children.

“My 11-year-old son was so excited. He just arrived from El Salvador to North Carolina, we requested the window seat for him,” Hernandez said. “I want to give him a better life, a better chance to have a way better future than me,” Hernandez explained. The problem Hernandez is facing this time around is the increasing cost of application fees.

“I don’t think that’s great at all, because it’s a bunch of people out there are trying to do their paperwork in the legal way, it’s not fair for people that are trying to do the right thing,” Hernandez said. Source

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