Feds Propose Green Card Fee Hike

06.10.10 | FL News Team

The Feds want to make it a little more expensive to become an American. Under a proposal by immigration officials, the price of green cards, business visas and other immigration red tape would go up. The "Los Angeles Times" reports that the fee hikes would help close a projected 200-million dollar budget gap for next fiscal year. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services department has already cut 160-million dollars from its budget, but that wasn't enough.

 Application fees for green cards would go up 50-bucks to 985-dollars. Family visa petitions would increase to 420-dollars from 355-dollars. There'd be a few exceptions to the increases. Bringing your fiance to America would go down to 340-dollars, from the current 455-dollars. The agency also decided against raising the cost of citizenship applications, since those fees rose in 2007 by some 70-percent.