My husband and I read the story about people who became citizens on the Fourth of July with sadness [“Special Fourth in Seattle for nation’s newest citizens,” Local News, July 4]. He came to this country when he was in high school, and has been a permanent resident for more than 30 years. He knows more about American history and current affairs than most American-born citizens that I know. He would dearly love to become a citizen.
However, the application fee is prohibitive. The filing fee is $595. Add to that a mandatory $85 processing fee, and it costs $680 to complete an application. We don’t qualify for a fee waiver. With all the talk about how people should become citizens, why is the incredible expense never mentioned? There may or may not be good reasons for it, but there certainly should be more discussion about it.
Nancy Beaumont, Seattle