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 Application for Travel Document (Form I-131) is multi-purpose, and its correct use directly depends on the immigration status of the applicant. It is commonly used by non-us citizens, applying for a legal permit to remain outside and then return to the US for a specific period of time.
Form I-131 is used to apply to the USCIS for the following travel documents: Reentry Permit, Refugee Travel Document, and Advance Parole Document which also includes Advance Parole for individuals outside the United States. By filing the Application for Travel Document, non-US Citizens help protect their ability to exit and later legally return to the United States.
The Reentry permit, or Green Card Reentry Permit, allows a lawful permanent resident or conditional resident to apply for admission to return to the United States after a specific period of time spent abroad. If the Green Card holder returns within this permit’s validity period, then it is not necessary to obtain a returning resident visa from a United States Embassy/Consulate.
The Refugee Travel Document can be used by people with valid refugee or asylee status, or by lawful permanent residents who obtained this status as refugee or asylee in the United States.
The Parole document allows foreign nationals to enter the United States of America for a specific purpose. An Advance Parole Document may not be used to replace any required passport. However, it will be accepted by any transportation company in place of a visa. Please note that an individual who has been “paroled” has not been admitted to the United States and will remain an “applicant for admission,” and will be required to apply for a visa.
An Advance Parole for individuals outside the United States is an extraordinary measured very rarely used. It allows otherwise inadmissible individuals to travel to and enter the United States and seek Parole for a limited period of time due to urgent humanitarian reasons or for important public services and benefits.
The Form I-131 can be filed by people with the following status:
1. The Re Entry Permit can be issued to:
2. The Refugee Travel Document can be issued to:
3. The Advance Parole Document for Individuals in the United States can be issued to:
4. The Advance Parole Document for Individuals outside the United States can be issued to:
After your application has been received, USCIS will contact and provide you all the necessary information regarding where and when you should make an appointment. Failing to go through the Biometrics Service Appointment may result in having your I-131 application rejected.
Make sure to have legal copies of all the necessary documentation required for this process. Please note that if deemed necessary you may be required to present the originals.
Note: If you submit an unrequired original document it will be added to your application record and may never be returned.
All documents submitted in a foreign-language MUST BE accompanied by an English translation certified as complete and accurate by the translator. It must also include the translator’s certification stamp.
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