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|
Form N-600 is an application for those who need proof of Citizenship. Please note that it will not grant any additional rights.
File N-600 is used to obtain proof of U.S. citizenship. It allows an individual, born to American parents outside of U.S. territory, or to naturalized parents, to request a certificate proving that fact.
Conditions for applicants under the age of 18:
Note: Adopted children may also acquire U.S. citizenship through their adoptive American parents. However, stepchildren cannot acquire U.S. citizenship under these terms.
Conditions for legally adopted applicants:
Note: If you submit an unrequired original document it will be added to your application record and may never be returned.