Why does it cost so much to become a citizen in the US

Becoming a US citizen, and for that matter any immigration-related process are very expensive because USCIS, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service is one of the only two US government offices without and official budget. The other one is the Post Office.
That means, all operations have to be charged to their users. The Post Office is used by dozens of millions of people, industries and companies, but USCIS’s services are used by very few, so the cost is way higher. President Barack Obama promised to “take a look at the issue”, and ended up subsidizing some citizenship paperwork based on income.

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