(US) Senator Mitch Romney Sends Letter to USCJS Objecting to The Outrageous Proposed Fee Increase

Jan Meisels Allen

Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) sent a letter on December 10 to the Department of Homeland Security asking them to explain the proposed changes that would result in a significant increase in the cost of searching and requesting copies of the genealogical records from the Unites States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). 


The letter sent to Chad Wolf, the acting Homeland Security secretary, and Kenneth Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Senator asks for additional information on the budgets and expenses of the USCIS Genealogy Program and questions the rationale behind raising search fees from $65 to $240 and records fees from $65 to $385. He asks for replies by December 18 to four questions. Senator Romney noted in the letter, “a family historian would need to pay $625 to search and obtain a single file on a relative.”  He further commented, “I am concerned that drastically raising the Genealogy Program’s fees would harm genealogists across the United States without addressing your budgetary concerns.”

To read Senator Romney’s letter go to: https://tinyurl.com/rj7b8zs

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Remember, that the deadline for submitting comments has been postponed to December 30, 2019. To read the most up to date information follow the website for the coalition of genealogists, historians and archivists at https://www.recordsnotrevenue.com/

We need an avalanche of response to hope to defeat this proposal.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee




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