Home of the Broke — USCIS announces fee hike

This Fourth of July, aspiring U.S. citizens may want to skip the barbecues and forgo the fireworks to get ready for the month’s other big day — July 30. That’s the day becoming a U.S. citizen will get a lot more expensive.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is preparing for an average fee hike of about 66 percent, and that means any applications or petitions postmarked or filed on or after that day must include the new fee.

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