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:

  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 Family Member Online

Complete Affidavit of Support - I-864 in a few easy steps

Affidavit of Support I-864 is used to sponsor family-based immigrants and employment-based immigrants. It ensures that the visa applicant has adequate means of financial support and is unlikely to become a public charge to the U.S. government.

Form I-864: Sponsor a family member or employment-based immigrant

Form I-864 is used by intending family-based and employment-based immigrants as official proof that they can financially support themselves when living in the United States. It was created to ensure the security and well-being of families or single family members, as well as foreign workers when immigrating to the United States.

Whether you need to submit an I-864 Affidavit of Support will depend on the type of application you are filing. For example, you will need an I-864 Affidavit of Support if you are submitting a visa application for a spouse but, when filing for a fiancé(e), the correct form is I-134 Affidavit of Support.

Generally, the following intending immigrants need an I-864 Affidavit of Support:

  • Immediate relatives (spouses, unmarried children under the age of 21, and parents)
  • Family-based preference immigrants (siblings, unmarried and married children over the age of 21).
  • Applicants for employment-based immigrant visas where a relative filed the immigrant visa petition or has a five percent or greater ownership interest in the business that filed the petition

The general instructions for filing the Affidavit form of Support are as follows:

  • Form must be completed using all CAPITAL letters
  • Each Affidavit must be properly signed. Stamped or typewritten signatures will not be accepted (if you are under 14 years of age, your parent or legal guardian may sign on your behalf).
  • Please submit all required evidence or supporting documentation along with the form.
  • Print out all form pages and stamp them together in the correct order
  • If you need extra space to complete any item within this affidavit use a separate sheet of paper. Write down your name, page number, and Item Number to which your answer refers at the top of the page.
  • On a separate sheet of paper write down your full name, your U.S. Social Security Number and the name of the form you are applying with

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

Note:The USCIS will contact you, should any additional proof be deemed necessary.

No forms older than twelve (12) months will be accepted. However, once the form is submitted it will not expire.

Supporting documents older than twelve (12) months, may not be accepted. In this case, you will be required by the designated consular office to submit a recent version of the expired document.

Where the affidavit should be submitted will depend on the applicant’s current place of residence:

  • All complete and correct forms, along with their supporting documents must be sent to the National Visa Centre (NVC).
  • Applications sent from foreign countries are required to go through the USCIS before the NVC. Otherwise they will not be accepted and automatically discarded.

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Affidavit of Support to Sponsor a Family Member