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Upcoming Hike in Fees Leads to More Applications for Citizenship

Upcoming Hike in Fees Leads to More Applications for Citizenship



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service is raising fees and that has some immigrants considering applying for citizenship now, rather than waiting.

The cost of applying to be a U.S. citizen is scheduled to go up $275 dollars from $400 to $675 on July 30.

Applicants who apply by July 27 can pay the current fees.

Maria Elena Garcia-Upson, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, says the agency has seen a 60 percent increase in applications for naturalizations.

She says the fee increases are aimed at helping to improve processing time for the applications that account for about a third of all immigration applications.

In the first five months of this year 2,359 people have applied for naturalization in Utah. Last year during the same time only 1,510 people applied.

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Information from: Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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