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|
This application is used by conditional residents, who obtained status through marriage, whose condition of residency within the United States is based on marriage to a U.S. Citizen, to request that the USCIS remove the conditions of their residence.
Form I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence is used by green card holders whose condition of residency within the United States is based on marriage to a U.S. Citizen.
The status of conditional resident only lasts two (2) years. When that condition is gone, and to be able to remain in the US regardless of your marital status, you must use this form to petition the USCIS to remove the conditions of residence and make you a permanent resident with a regular green card.
If you obtained your conditional status by marrying a US citizen:
If you are currently married, you may file the Form I-751 jointly with your spouse, through whom you obtained your conditional status. However, you may file the form without your spouse if:
Special Note: If you were unable to file Form I-751 due to extraordinary circumstances beyond your control and through no fault of your own, you might file it late attaching a written explanation and request so that the USCIS may excuse your late filing.
Please follow the instructions below to correctly file Form I-751: