Immigrants rushing to file for citizenship ahead of fee hikes - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

03.22.07

Immigrants rushing to file for citizenship ahead of fee hikes

Rising prices are putting some area immigrants in a hurry to become Americans.  One Amarillo law firm tells us more clients are rushing to file for citizenship ahead of fee hikes that could take effect as soon as this summer.  Belinda Martinez Arroyo notes "people who probably were putting it off til tomorrow have now begun to flood in and try to beat those price increases because for a lot of people what has holding them back has been the fees in the beginning.

Because if they're going to be almost double now what they were then they're really worried they're not gonna be able to afford them so alot of people are making the sacrifice and trying to get that done now."  Arroyo says the typical citizenship application process takes about eight to twelve months.  If immigrants apply before the price change, they'll pay 330 dollars instead of almost 600 dollars.

 

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