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|
The Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) allows U.S. nationals to notify the USCIS of their engagement and intention to marry a foreign national. It allows your fiancé(e) and any children your fiancé(e) may have from a previous relationship, to travel to the United States and receive the appropriate K1 visa.
The purpose of this form is for a U.S. Citizen to notify the USCIS of the intent to marry a foreign national.
Form I-129F is used to obtain a K-1 fiance visa which allows a foreign citizen to legally enter the U.S with the purpose of marrying a U.S. citizen within a period of 90 days.
The K-1 Visa allows the visa holder to enter the United States and file for Adjustment of Status to obtain a Green Card and become a Legal Permanent Resident. After filing for Adjustment of Status, they may reside in the US beyond the 90 day K-1 Visa validity while their Adjustment of Status application is processed.
Following are the required documents to be submitted along with Form I-129F:
Once the Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) is approved by the USCIS, it will be sent to the DOC National Visa Center, and then to the designated foreign embassy/consulate, which will allow your Fiancé(e) to apply for the K-1 visa.
Following is the required documentation for the K-1 visa application:
The USCIS will conduct a background check and an interview before granting the K-1 Visa. Once the foreign fiancé(e) receives the K-1 Visa they are allowed to travel to the United States and marry the US citizen in the 90 days immediately after arrival.