NBC News Article on New Partial Fee Waiver

Partial Fee Waivers Introduced as Cost of Filing On Immigration Applications Goes Up

One million eligible-to-naturalize immigrants could potentially benefit from a new rule issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) earlier this week that introduces a partial fee waiver for naturalization.

Under the new rule, applicants who fall between 150 to 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines — or $36,450 to $48,600 for a household of four — will be eligible for a reduced naturalization fee. The current full fee waiver for applicants with household incomes under 150 percent of poverty guidelines will remain in effect.

"This new partial fee waiver, with the full waiver that has been in effect, will allow 3.7 million poor and working poor legal permanent residents to be able to become U.S. citizens and become full participants of our nation," Eva Millona, co-chair of the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) and executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, said in a statement. "Citizenship should not be a privilege limited to the wealthy and highly educated. This is an important step forward for our democracy."

See the entire news article here: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/partial-fee-waivers-introduced-cost-filing-immigration-applications-goes-n674746