The proposed immigration fees announced yesterday are accurate. Unless it changes, I am looking at $675. The USCIS seems to be heading more towards online-only applications. The immigration forums that I used to frequent are ranting about it as I type this. Some people are saying that American citizenship is worth its weight in gold, and that they would be prepared to pay $10,000 if it was necessary. Personally, I had my doubts about these rumours to begin with, but they turned out to be true. A lot of people will not be able to afford these fees, and that is probably the motivation behind the hike. My thoughts? It will cause more illegal immigration. With almost $500 up front for a work permit, it is going to change a lot of things. But then that was the reason for these draconian changes in the first place.
However, I did discover tonight that I am still eligible to vote in UK Parliamentary/European Parliamentary elections. So, when I make the move to citizenship I am keeping my UK citizenship, too. That is definite now. Carved in stone.
DRM has now been resigned to history. Vista, Blu Ray and HD - all gone. The game of eternal cat and mouse continues unabated.