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S. 1862: Citizenship Affordability Act

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Considering that 40% of Americans don’t have $400 in the bank, is $725 too much to charge for a U.S. citizenship application — especially considering the dire financial circumstances of many applicants?


It costs $725 to apply for U.S. citizenship, up considerably from only $60 back in 1989.

Under current law, though, there are a few ways that can be reduced. If you earn less than 150% of the federal poverty line, the fee is waived entirely. If you earn between 150% and 200% of the federal poverty line, your fee is cut from $725 to $405.

However, many believe that this cost is still too high — and also that the fee reductions should apply to some people making more than 200% of the federal poverty line ...

Sponsor and status

Robert “Bob” Menendez

Sponsor. Senior Senator for New Jersey. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 13, 2019
Length: 4 pages
Jun 13, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jun 13, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on June 13, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jun 13, 2019

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S. 1862 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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