US Immigration update: USCIS Filing Fee Increase Temporarily Blocked. Apply Before Fees Increase.
On October 1st, 2020, a US Federal Court temporarily stopped the nationwide implementation of USCIS’ increase in fees, which was scheduled to become effective starting October 2, 2020.
Applicants still have a chance to save hundreds of dollars in USCIS fees —before the temporary halt is lifted.
To save on USCIS fees:
These 2 steps allow applicants to take advantage of current USCIS fees before they experience a dramatic increase —which is currently on hold.
Waiting to submit immigration forms will cost applicants hundreds of dollars more once the halt in USCIS fee increases is lifted. USCIS is likely to appeal to the 9th Circuit Court to get the fee increases pushed through.
USCIS Deputy Director of Policy Joseph Edlow issued a response to the temporary block stating that USCIS was “underfunded by millions of dollars each business day the fee rule is enjoined” and that “current fees do not recover the cost of providing adjudication and naturalization services”.
This statement clearly indicates that the USCIS fee increase will come into effect sooner rather than later and makes applying now the only way to secure the current fees.
|Immigration Form||Current fees||Fees after increase halt is lifted||Savings when you apply today|
|N-400 US Citizenship||$640||$1,170||$530|
Become an American Citizen
Becoming a U.S. Citizen means that you will have the same rights as every American-born Citizen. Form N-400 is a U.S. Citizenship Application also known as Application for Naturalization.Form N-400
A Green Card, or Permanent Resident Card, is valid for ten (10) years and to maintain your status current, you must renew it before it expires or replace it if lost, damaged, or stolen.Form I-90
The Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Form I-765, also referred to as a Work Permit is a legal document, issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that allows foreign nationals to legally work anywhere in the United States of America.Form I-765
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) benefits undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children by offering a pardon from deportation and the opportunity to remain in the U.S. with a work permit.Form I-821D
Petition for Alien Relative. Form I-130 is the first step towards helping a relative become a permanent US resident. It establishes the existence of a relationship between Green Card holders or U.S. Citizens with a foreign alien.Form I-130
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