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|
Family-Based Green Card is the first step towards helping a relative become a U.S. Permanent Resident. Form I-130 establishes the existence of a relationship between Green Card holders or U.S. citizens with a family member.
The Form I-130 helps US citizens or lawful permanent residents bring family members into the United States.
To correctly sponsor an eligible family member, U.S. citizens or permanent residents, must file Form I-130 along with all available documentation; e.g., certified copies of your green card, birth certificate, or US passport, to prove the existence of a relationship with the applicant.
Once your application is approved, and a visa number becomes available, a separate form must be filed for each eligible relative, to complete the process for an immigrant visa or adjustment of status.
You must complete a separate I-130 for every different relative who hopes to immigrate to the United States.
If you are eligible to file Form I-130 you may do so on behalf of the following family members:
If you are a US citizen age 21 years or older, you can also file Form I-130 on behalf of:
You may not file Form I-130 on behalf of a relative if any of the following applies to them:
You may not file on behalf of your spouse if:
The application process of Form I-130 is both faster and easier for U.S. citizens.
There is no waiting period between the time you submit your application and your eligible family member getting a visa number. Therefore you may also simultaneously file Form I-485, Permanent Resident Application.
Permanent Residents cannot submit Form I-130 on behalf of their parents, and their married children. However, once naturalized, Green Card holders will have the same rights as U.S. citizens.
To correctly submit Form I-130, you have to answer every question truthfully and accurately, using black ink. Make sure you do not skip a question. If you do not have space, you need to answer a question, attach a continuation sheet with the item number your answer refers to written in the top right corner. You must also sign and date each continuation sheet.
If a question is not applicable to you, mark N/A. If the answer is none, write None.
Unless specifically requested by the USCIS, you can send photocopies of the required documentation instead of originals, as originals may not be returned to you.
You must also provide evidence of your US Citizenship or Permanent Residency.
Documents that can prove your US Citizenship:
Documents that can prove Permanent Residency:
The filing fee for Form I-130 is $420.
You are required to pay the application fee with either money order, personal check, or cashier’s check from an American bank in U.S. dollars. Cash will not be accepted.
If the beneficiary is in the U.S. with temporary permission from the USCIS at the time that they receive a visa number, they then must file the Form I-485 Green Card application.
If the beneficiary is outside of the U.S. at the time that they receive a visa number, the NVC will send your petition along with their visa number to the recipients’ local U.S. Consulate or Embassy with detailed instructions on how to complete the Visa process.