The Genealogy Boom has Hit a Roadblock with Recently-Announced USCIS Fee Increases

I wrote about this ridiculous proposed fee increase 3 weeks ago at However, a new article by Sydney Trent published yesterday in the Washington Post adds more details about the fee increase and describes a grass-roots effort to persuade the agency, now under the leadership of acting deputy homeland security secretary Ken Cuccinelli, to withdraw the fee hikes before the window for public comment closes on Dec. 16.

In short, YOU and thousands of other genealogists need to take action now to voice your opinion of these outrageous fee increases.

You can read the new article by Sydney Trent at

The public campaign to persuade the agency to withdraw the fee hikes may be found at:


Image the whole database and let people find the information for themselves. If it need manual indexing it means the government likes to do manual searches so has to pass on the worker’s salary on to us.

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In November 2019, Ken Cuccinelli was named by Acting Secretary Chad Wolf to serve as Senior Official Performing the Duties of Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He continues to also serve as the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


Congress needs to change the law, specifically funding with taxpayer dollars the difference between the old fee and the new. That is the clear solution. It is obvious that files of hundreds of pages are expensive to find and supply.


‘Ya reap what ‘ya sow… Magnificent tax cuts for the wealthy and here’s to the rest of us!
Fees were tripled 3 years ago and now they’re increasing again by nearly 500%?
Does this reflect the salary increase of the government worker? Hey, need an assistant?

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Thank you for informing us of this chance to leave a comment with USCIS! I have done so. These fee hikes are outrageous!


Thanks for the additional info. The fee increases are ridiculous. Maybe they should consider asking for volunteers from the public, similar to what other large genealogical societies and organizations have done.


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