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|
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) benefits undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children by offering a pardon from deportation and the opportunity to remain in the U.S. with a work permit.
Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was created by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to benefit children brought illegally to the USA by their parents, or other relatives and that did not break any immigration laws intentionally. Individuals who grew up, lived and worked in the U.S. and that demonstrate that they meet the requirements may request DACA for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and may be eligible for employment authorization. Learn more about the 2017 DACA announcement.
You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) if you meet the following requirements:
You will be required to provide official written proof in the form of documentation, certificates, diplomas, medical and financial records, household confirmation, report cards, educational transcripts, etc.
Note: Getting your Deferred Action application approved will postpone your deportation period by two (2) consecutive years. Once this period of time has expired, you might be eligible to apply for a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals renewal. Learn more about the DACA here.
Note: If you are unable to provide such documentation or if it is not available, you must provide an explanation, including a description of your efforts to obtain such evidence.
Make sure to include all the necessary documentation required for this process before submitting your application. Incomplete applications may be delayed or rejected.
If you do not have a required document and are unable to obtain a certified copy of the original, please send a certification from the person or authority that originally issued the document explaining why it cannot be provided. The USCIS will consider documents such as notarized affidavits in such cases.
Once your application is accepted, you will receive a receipt notice that your application is being processed, this may take up to three (3) weeks, after having filed your DACA request. The receipt notice is formally known as Form I-797C, Notice of Action.
After you receive the Receipt Notice, you will receive an Appointment Notice requesting your presence at your local Application Support Center to have your fingerprints taken. Failure to appear to be fingerprinted or for other biometric services may result in the rejection of your application.
The USCIS will notify you, in writing, of the final decision. You cannot appeal or motion to reopen/reconsider the decision. Processing times for Form I-821D vary.
If your application is approved, you will receive your Employment Authorization Card (EAD) in the mail, on average 3-6 months after having filed your DACA application.
USCIS application acceptance guaranteed or your money back!