Posted by on November 16, 2017 5:46 pm
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U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, D-California, are
requesting temporary fee waivers for residents who must replace their
immigration and naturalization documents that were lost, damaged or destroyed
in the state’s wildfires last month.

The two Democrats made the request in a letter today to the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services.

Harris and Feinstein said 100,000 residents were displaced in the
fires that burned 245,000 acres, destroyed 8,900 homes and structures and
displaced 100,000 residents in nine counties.

Under current policy, a person can file an individual application
for an income-based fee waiver to replace the immigration and citizenship
documents. The process requires a resident to submit a lengthy form and
extensive supporting documentation to demonstrate their inability to pay the
expensive replacement fees, the senators said in their letter.

The fee to replace a green card is $450 and the fee to replace an
employment authorization document is $495.

“We do not believe this is a sufficient solution for Californians
devastated by this natural disaster. Many of those affected are facing
financial stress and may not be eligible for the individual waiver. Those who
are eligible may face challenges to supply necessary supporting
documentation,” the senators said in the letter.