Plaintiffs including the city of Seattle are suing President Donald Trump’s administration over a move to limit fee waivers for lawful permanent residents, or green card holders, applying for citizenship.
Since 2010, the $725 application fee has been waived for people who receive public benefits such as Medicaid and food stamps.
But an upcoming change by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services means those who receive such benefits will no longer automatically be eligible for the fee waiver. Instead, they must earn less than 150 percent of the federal poverty level or “demonstrate financial hardship” in some other way.
The plaintiffs say that change unfairly targets low-income immigrants, while USCIS says it’s necessary to ensure waiver requirements remain the same across states, which use varying income thresholds for public benefits.
Meanwhile, a federal judge temporarily blocked another contentious Trump administration change, which would have required people applying for visas to prove they would have health insurance in the U.S.