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Fees Related To Immigration Court Set To Rise In January

The Justice Department is moving forward with plans to raise the fees for certain appeals and applications related to immigration court.

The new policy from the Executive Office for Immigration Review says these fees have not been raised in decades, and agencies are supposed to review them every other year.

People can still seek waivers, but the rule increases the cost to appeal decisions by an immigration judge as well as Homeland Security officials.

It also raises the fee on a request to reopen a case based on new evidence, or have it reconsidered due to an error. It ups the cost for certain people applying to have a deportation order canceled. And lawyers must pay more to appeal disciplinary decisions.

The policy is scheduled to take effect the day before President Trump leaves office.

Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.