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The Biden administration is looking to waive fees related to immigration for up to 70,000 Afghan evacuees while they are resettled in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security said. Afghans need work permits to legally work in the country, but the filing fee for work permit applications is $410. Fees for acquiring lawful permanent residence status can reach $1,225. “By providing these evacuees with access to streamlined processing and fee exemptions, we will open doors of opportunity for our Afghan allies and help them begin to rebuild their lives in communities across our country more quickly,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement. CNN
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