US Immigration update: USCIS Filing Fee Increase Temporarily Blocked. Apply Before Fees Increase.

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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:

  1. Complete your N-400 or I-765 Form today
  2. Send your application package to USCIS as soon as possible

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
I-765 EAD $410 $550 $140

Affidavit of Support to Sponsor a U.S. Visa Applicant Online

Complete Form I-131 in a few easy steps

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-134: Sponsor a visiting non-U.S. citizen

Form I-134 is used to sponsor a foreign national entering the United States. The sponsor needs to be either a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder) and is required to provide proof to the USCIS that the applicant has sufficient funds and will not become dependent on the U.S government financial resources, i.e., a public charge.

It is commonly used in connection with visitor visas, fiancé visas, diversity visas, students, and public interest parolees.

Those sponsoring family-based immigrants or employment-based immigrants who are coming to work for relatives or companies must use Affidavit of Support I-864.

Following are the general instructions to submit Form I-134 correctly:

  • Provide copies of your tax returns filed with the IRS (Internal Revenue System) of the last three [3] years. In case you have not filed with the IRS or you have no such documents, a written explanation must be provided
  • In case your income is not independent and you share a household with one [1] or more family members you will also need to include their tax returns of the last three [3] years.
  • If you or other members of your family, have other means of income, then it will be required to individually complete Form I-864A.
  • Official proof of current employment or self-employment. Include any official statements such as:
    • most recent pay-slips
    • employment contract
    • employment statement, which should include: your start date, salary and duties

It is important to revise the application carefully before its submission and make sure all answers are correct and accurate. Any incomplete or deceitful applications will be rejected.

Please, include all required documentation. The USCIS will contact you, should any additional proof be deemed necessary.

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